Flyin' West

January 4, 2023
February 12, 2023
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
1012 N Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Flyin' West
Flyin' West

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will bring in the New Year with its production of “Flyin’ West” by Pearl Cleage. WBTT had previously presented this show as a staged play reading in the summer of 2018 as part of the national Project1VOICE program, during which Black theatres around the country present the same play on the same day. “Flyin’ West” takes place in the 1890s, showing how the lives of a small group of Black women change after they leave the oppressive South and settle in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. Their hopes, dreams and determination to survive in a harsh region are tested as they build new lives for themselves and their families. “Flyin’ West” premiered in Atlanta in 1992 and has been a staple of the African American theatre canon ever since. The era portrayed in the play is commemorated at the Nicodemus National Historic Site – the only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River. Chuck Smith, who serves as resident director at WBTT and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, has returned to Sarasota to direct this show. He previously directed shows including “Knock Me A Kiss,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “The Piano Lesson,” “The Mountaintop” and “The Amen Corner” at WBTT. Performances take place in WBTT's Donelly Theatre (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota) from January 4-February 12, 2023; WBTT’s talkback with the cast will take place after the matinee on January 22. Tickets are $50/adults, $20/students and active military (cost includes all ticket fees). Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit

  • Admission Rates
  • Adults: $50.00
  • Students/active military: $20.00