4/22/2005 - 4/22/2005


Cheryl Alexander (Mama/Mamie)

Everett Bradley (Col. Julian/Director)

Montego Glover (Bessie Coleman)

Stu James (Charles/Arthur)

Kecia Lewis-Evans (Willie/Flight Instructor)

Wayne W. Pretlow (Walter/Mr.Abbott)

Josh Tower (John)

Creative Team

Douglas J. Cohen (Composer )

Previously worked with the Lark on the lyrics to Children's Letters To God (produced at Off-Broadway's Lamb's Theatre and recorded on Jay Records) and wrote the music and lyrics for the New York-bound musical, The Opposite Of Sex, which recently debuted at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco directed by his colibrettist, Robert Jess Roth. He won two Richard Rodgers Awards and the coveted Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award for writing book, music, and lyrics to No Way To Treat A Lady (produced twice Off Broadway- Outer Critics Circle nomination Best Revival, York Theatre Company - with over 150 productions throughout the world) and The Gig (Goodspeed, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, Sacramento Music Circus). Other projects include: composer/lyricist of The Big Time, an original musical with a book by Douglas Carter Beane, and composer of Glimmerglass (produced at Goodspeed-at-Chester). Doug recently contributed the original songs for the Off-Broadway show, Boozy, written and produced by the Obie award-winning Les Freres Corbusier, which sold out its run at the Ohio Theatre and is transferring to the Culture Center. He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.

Cheryl L. Davis (Book and Lyrics)

Cheryl's work has been read and performed at theaters nationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Kennedy Center. Her play about the desegregation of the nation's school system, The Color of Justice, which was commissioned by Theatreworks/USA, received critical acclaim, including excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News. Her musical Barnstormer, written with composer Douglas J.Cohen, received a 2005 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Awards, under the auspices of the Lark Play Development Center. She is also a co-recipient of the 2005 Kleban Award for her work as a librettist.She received a commission from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P.Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project to write The Bones of Giants, about 19th century American paleontologists O.C. Marsh and E.D. Cope. This play received readings as part of ES'I's 2003 and 2004 First Light Festivals and Octoberfest 2003; it is scheduled to receive a workshop presentation in May 2005. Her play Cover Girls, which is an adaptationof the Bishop T. D. Jakes novel, was recently produced and toured by Clear Channel Entertainment.