Westport Country Playhouse Presents Sunday Symposium for “Flyin’ West”
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May 29, 2018 - 5:37:08 AM

Michele Mitchell, associate professor of history at New York University. (contributed photo)
Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium on June 3, following a 3 p.m. performance of Pearl Cleage’s play “Flyin’ West,” will feature guest speaker Michele Mitchell, associate professor of history at New York University. The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public. Mitchell will engage in a conversation about the play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.

“Flyin’ West” is a drama of humor, suspense, and sisterhood, directed by Seret Scott. It is set in 1898 as the Civil War is still a living memory and the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, offers a refuge for many formerly enslaved people. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves. They overcome tremendous odds in a heroic effort to escape the scars of the past.

Michele Mitchell is a former North American editor of “Gender & History.” She is the author of “Gender, Imperialism and Global Exchanges” (2015), “Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction” (2004), and co-editor of “Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas” (2004). She was an elected member of the American Historical Association and Organization of American Historians. She received her doctorate from Northwestern University.

The Sunday Symposium Series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

“Flyin West” Production Partners are Johnna G. Torsone and John McKeon; Corporate Production Sponsor is Fidelity Investments.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

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