Two Wings to Heaven: The Story of Bessie Coleman
Tickets can be purchased online here
Written and Performed by April Armstrong
Directed by Sara Berg
Music Direction by Mario E. Sprouse
A new, fabulous solo show about the famed aviatrix told in dialogue, song and movement. A brilliant performance by April Armstrong, who also brings to life other characters; including dreamy visits from Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc and Paul Lawrence Dunbar. An inspiring play, perfect for the whole family (children ages 8 and up).
Show running time is approximately 70 minutes
Even before Amelia Earhardt and her amazing solo flight over the Atlantic, before Harriet Quimby, and despite Jim Crow laws and a racist environment, Bessie Coleman, a smart but dirt-poor black girl from Waxahatchi, Texas, became the first American Aviatrix to receive an international pilot's license.
Since no American aviation schools would give her lessons, Bessie learned French, traveled to France and studied at the top aeronautic school there. She learned to be an outstanding pilot and stunt performer. After receiving great recognition for test piloting some of the biggest, most modern planes of the period, she returned to American only to find the doors closed to her due to racial and gender prejudice. Despite these obstacles, she made a successful living as a barnstormer and left a legacy and paved the way for many African American pilots to come.