Review Pearl Cleage is a passionate, challenging playwright whose concerns for the species are unmistakable and profound. As a woman, as an African-American, her artistic objectivity and sensitivity to history combine with, but do not overshadow, her capacity to dig for truth and present it flat out as she sees it – with a finger snap or a shout and sometimes with a wink. Among the most satisfying roles I’ve undertaken on stage is surely Miss Leah in Flyin’ West. She brings the bushel nuggets of drama and humor that capture the ear, the heart and the imagination. She’s devilish, too.” – Academy Award® Nominee Ruby Dee“One of the voices singing in the wilderness. What as pleasure it is to listen – and listen – and listen.” – Ossie Davis“Pearl Cleage is a brilliant storyteller. I am always engrossed in the drama and compassion she brings to her characters. Flyin’ West, Bourbon at the Border, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Late Bus to Mecca and Chain are marvelous examples of a playwright at the top of her form, bravely moving into the new century.” – Woodie King, Jr., Producing Director, New Federal Theatre“Ms. Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.” – Alvin Klein, New York Times ( Flyin’ West )“Serves as a tribute to the power of independent black women and the importance of community.” – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune ( Flyin' West )“It's abundantly alive.” – Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Tribune ( Blues for an Alabama Sky )“Pearl Cleage is a passionate, challenging playwright whose concerns for the species are unmistakable and profound. As a woman, as an African-American, her artistic objectivity and sensitivity to history combine with, but do not overshadow, her capacity to dig for truth and present it flat out as she sees it – with a finger snap or a shout and sometimes with a wink. Among the most satisfying roles I’ve undertaken on stage is surely Miss Leah in Flyin’ West. She brings the bushel nuggets of drama and humor that capture the ear, the heart and the imagination. She’s devilish, too.” – Academy Award® Nominee Ruby Dee“One of the voices singing in the wilderness. What as pleasure it is to listen – and listen – and listen.” – Ossie Davis“Pearl Cleage is a brilliant storyteller. I am always engrossed in the drama and compassion she brings to her characters. Flyin’ West, Bourbon at the Border, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Late Bus to Mecca and Chain are marvelous examples of a playwright at the top of her form, bravely moving into the new century.” – Woodie King, Jr., Producing Director, New Federal Theatre“Ms. Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.” – Alvin Klein, New York Times (Flyin’ West)“Serves as a tribute to the power of independent black women and the importance of community.” – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune (Flyin' West)“It's abundantly alive.” – Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Tribune (Blues for an Alabama Sky) Read more

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