ThatKellieGirl was invited to a viewing of “Fly” closing out this weekend at the Ford Theater. Based upon the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, “Fly” is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II.
The play follows these courageous heroes hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa and the Caribbean as they train to fly combat aircrafts. Inspite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement.
I really enjoyed how the production combined live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” my favorite! The “Tap Griot” is a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot. Co-author Ricardo Khan directs the Washington premiere of this patriotic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. Please check out this worthwhile and inspirational play before it closes.
Through October 21
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