Written by Trey Ellis and Richardo Khan, Fly follows the stories of four Tuskegee Airman during their Army Air Corp pilot training.  Chet, Oscar, J. Allen, and W.W. have their own reasons for joining up but the one through line is their love of flying and desire to serve the county.  The four young actors who star in this production are exceptional in their roles. Each seems to be in touch with the unique and historic nature of the piece.

The staging of the play is simple with footlockers and chairs which are imaginatively transformed into planes. The most intriguing part of the show is the Tap Griot or Inprovographer, Omar Edwards.  He is tap dancing marvel and moves the story along with the rat-a-tat-tat of his shoes.  His athletic moves astound the audience.

Fly made its world premiere at the Crossroad Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ in October 2009.  The Montgomery production was part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2017-2018 season.  This poignant look at the Tuskegee Airmen is to be treasured as part of Alabama’s aviation and black history.

Alongside the February production, the Alabama Humanities Foundation with its sponsor Airbus provided the attendee’s several stand-alone and interactive displays regarding our aviation history.

Aviation in Alabama

Exhibit Tour schedule:

  • Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, March 23-April 23, 2018

To inquire about the exhibit schedule or venues, contact Laura Anderson, AHF Director of Operations, at 205-558-3992 or email

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