In honor of Veterans Day Weekend, Miramar Cultural Center is proud to present Layon Gray’s critically acclaimed, long-running Off-Broadway show, Black Angels Over Tukegee, for one performance only, Thursday, November 9 at 8:00 PM.
Inspired by true events, the play is a narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black aviators in the United States Army Air Corps during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism 20th century American history. Press notes describe the show as “uplifting and inspiring, movingly illustrating their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society and brotherhood, going beyond the headlines and revealing the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them. The Tuskegee Airmen conquered isolation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II, forming the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Their achievements paved the way for the full integration of the U.S. Military.
Originally produced by Layon Gray Enterprises and Edmund Gaynes, Black Angels Over Tuskegee originally opened in Los Angeles in 2009, then transferred to New York City for what was to be a two-month engagement in 2010. The award-winning, historical docudrama ran for over seven years Off-Broadway and continues to tour the country.
Featured in the cast are Lamar K. Cheston, Craig Colasanti, Thaddeus L. Daniels, Layon Gray, Melvin P. Huffnagle, David N. Roberts and Lamman Rucker.
What the critics have said:
“Uplifting! Inspirational! By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes!”
The New York Times
“Powerful…well-staged, the characters so realistic that the
audience can’t help but be thoroughly moved!”
“Some plays teach, others celebrate and a few simply entertain, Black Angels Over Tuskegee manages to do all three and one thing more: it inspires!”
“The author has a natural feel for dialogue and has created distinct, believable young men; characters so realistic that the audience can’t help but be thoroughly moved!”
The Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark was created to celebrate creativity and diversity within the city. This landmark is a vibrant, urban destination located in the heart of the Miramar Town Center, situated adjacent to City Hall. Centrally located, the Center consists of an 800-seat theatre, an art gallery, banquet facilities, a full-service kitchen, dance studio, a botanical garden and more. Within walking distance of a main library, shops, restaurants and fitness center, it is the perfect place to see a live performance, enjoy a day of family fun, have a meal, attend a lecture or stroll through the galleries. The Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark is a collaborative effort of many who share a fundamental commitment to the arts as essential to building a strong and vibrant community. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. This has been made possible by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward Funds: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Maxine Powers Hofert Fund, David and Francie Horvitz Family Fund and Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Unrestricted Fund.
Miramar Cultural Center ~ 2400 Civic Center Place ~ Miramar, FL
Tickets are $35, $45, $60 – VIP seating plus cocktail
By phone (954)602-4500