Mark Hairston and Christopher Wilson for “Fly” at Ford’s Theatre, Sept. 21-Oct. 21. Photo by Scott Suchman. Scott Suchman
Performance Dates
Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, "Fly" is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. The play follows these courageous heroes from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa and the Caribbean as they train to fly combat aircraft. In spite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement. The production inventively combines live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
90 minutes


Tap Griot
Chet Simpkins
Captain O'Hurley
Bomber Pilot Reynolds
Bomber Co-Pilot Shaw

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