Theatre Gargantua brings us The Flight, an original, new work, written and performed by acclaimed theatre artist Beryl Bain (Queen Bess Productions). The show explores the life of ground-breaking aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman, the first African American, and the first Native American, to hold an international pilot’s license. Coleman earned her license in France in 1921, after being unable to find anyone in the United States who would teach an African American woman to fly.
Inspired reading a book on female astronauts, Bain could not stop thinking about ‘Brave Bessie’, a multi-talented, mixed-race girl in early 20th century Texas. Her life story begged for attention. This is where the idea to write a play about from, and this play is now come to life in The Flight.
The Flight is directed by the fiercely creative Marcel Stewart (b current Performing Arts). Also featured is an award winning creative and design team lineup including: Set Designer Michael Gordon Spence; Lighting Designer Shawn Henry; Projection Designer Jason J. Brown; Sound Designer Floydd Ricketts; Costume Designer Des’ree Gray, Dramaturg Lisa Codrington, and Assistant Director Emerjade Simms.
The Flight is an intermission free, 70 minute production. It continues its run at Factory Theatre’s Mainspace until Saturday, February 18, 2023. For more details on the production and tickets, please visit factorytheatre.ca.