The Capital Repertory Theater presents

ALBANY — FLY, the acclaimed drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black American military airmen in the United States Armed Forces, will open at the Capital Repertory Theater for previews Jan. 28. Production will run until February 20. Written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Kahn, FLY tells the story of the World War II squadron of black American pilots who flew bomber and wartime escort missions. FLY is told through a combination of traditional theatre, oral storytelling and dance. The production is directed by internationally acclaimed director Clinton Turner Davis and choreographed by Tony Award-nominated choreographer Hope Clarke.

Between 1941 and 1946, approximately 1,000 black pilots were trained at a separate air base in Tuskegee, AL, named after their squadron. Tuskegee Airmen flew 1,578 combat missions and were noted for their service as escort units for other bomber crews. Also known as the “Red Tails” for the distinctive crimson color of their aircraft’s tail sections, the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be among the most effective and famous squadrons of World War II. FLY describes how they overcame the dangers of war abroad and the obstacles of racial prejudice at home.

In the play, their story is augmented by a combination of dance and oral storytelling performed by a griot, a traditional African storyteller-bard.

Clinton Turner Davis has directed off-Broadway productions for the Negro Ensemble Company, Theater Four, and many other theaters in New York, as well as many regional theaters, colleges, and universities in the United States and Taiwan.

The cast includes four newcomers to Capital Repertory Theater as airmen Yao Dogbe, Trevor McGhie, Jeremiah Packer and Calvin Thompson. The griot is portrayed by famed tap artist Omar Edwards, who originated the role and performed it nationwide.

The previews of Fly will take place from January 28 to 30. Opening night is Tuesday, February 1. Regular performances continue until Sunday, February 20. Performance times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday – with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9. Capital Repertory Theatre, 251 N. Pearl St., Albany. Tickets range from $27 to $62. Students with valid ID: $16 all shows. For tickets and information, call the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 518.346.6204 or visit capitalrep.org.

Special Events: Opening Night – Tuesday, February 1.

Includes a complimentary champagne toast after the show.

ASL Performance – Saturday, February 12 at 3 p.m.

This performance features sign language interpreters. To request access to the designated seating section, please call the box office at 518.346.6204

Behind the scenes – Sunday February 20, 1-1:30 p.m.

A pre-show presentation with Production Art Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and Warren Dart, son of decorated Tuskegee Airman, Clarence Dart, of Elmira, NY.

This special conversation is free and open to the public.

There are several parking options near the Capital Repertory Theatre; most are free or available at a discount to Capital Repertory Theater patrons. The GPS address is 251 N. Pearl St., Albany, 12207.

There is a limited number of street parking spaces available in the direct vicinity of the theatre.

Parking is available at Quackenbush Garage (25 Orange Street, adjacent to 677 Prime Restaurant) with free transportation (Capital Repertory/Proctors transport van) from the bus stop outside the garage every 20 minutes from one hour before the show. Look for the van with the theater posters at the bus stop at Broadway and Orange Streets. Events held at other locations may incur charges for garage parking.

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