Fly Honors Tuskegee Airmen’s Heroic Acts & Powerful Legacy


The Pasadena Playhouse is currently hosting the movie Fly, which is an ode to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces.

The Tuskegee Airmen were true trailblazers who served their country in the skies, even as they were met with adversity on the ground. A powerful story that helped pave the way for the desegregation of the American military, Fly follows a cast of eight men — including “Tap Griot,” a dancer who sets the play’s moods with stomps, shuffles and taps — as they enter the Tuskegee training program for combat pilots. Although they encounter overt racism, the men join together and fly with distinction in dangerous missions over Germany during World War II.

Co-authored and directed by Ricardo Khan, Tony-winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as “a superior piece of theatrical synergy,” and now it comes to The Pasadena Playhouse stage in celebration of Black History Month.

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