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Play to tell story of Tuskegee Airmen

Eric Sucar

“Fly,” a play inspired by the tale of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American Army Air Corps pilots, will be presented 8 p.m. April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 3 p.m. April 10, 16 and 17, and 10 a.m. April 13 at Crossroads Theatre Company, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.

Co-written by Crossroads’ co-founder and former artistic director Ricardo Khan and author and educator Trey Ellis, “Fly” was first commissioned in 2005 by the Lincoln Center Institute, the educational arm of Lincoln Center, where Khan was an artist-in-residence. The final version had its world premiere at Crossroads in 2009. It has since been produced at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and other regional theaters. Khan directs the current production.

Also known as the “Red Tail Black Eagles,” the Tuskegee Airmen were named for Tuskegee, Ala., where they earned their wings at flight school. Their story is told through four characters from different parts of the country, including one originally from the West Indies, all of whom are representative of the men who went through training.

Tickets cost $25 for Wednesday matinees, $55 on opening night, $45 for all other performances.

To order tickets, call the theater at 732-545-8100 or log on to crossroadstheatrecompany.org.

 

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