FlyBy Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
REGIONAL PREMIERE. A powerful story of the fight and flight for freedom both abroad and at home.
Fly follows four African-American military pioneers from training through WWII. Proving themselves as officers and pilots, they paved the way for desegregation of the American military. A true tale of brotherhood, acceptance, and equality.
Soars with a thrilling and powerful story
Sean Patrick Hopkins*
Robert Karma Robinson*
JORDAN BELLOW is thrilled to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut in Fly. Recent credits include: NY Theatre - Romeo and Juliet (Pulse Ensemble Theatre); Regional - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol (South Coast Repertory). Readings – I And You (SCR Pacific Playwrights Festival). He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Chapman University.
GREG BROSTROM is very happy to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut in Fly. He earned his MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has appeared regionally in Fly at the Cincinnati Playhouse and St. Louis Repertory Theatre. Other favorite roles include Sebastian in The Tempest in New York City’s Battery Park, Shannon in Foreign Bodies by Arika Laron, John Saltzer in Tape, Deramo in The King Stag, Leontes in A Winter’s Tale, and Gerard in Train to 2010, also directed by Ricardo Khan. He also appeared last year on Hostages on CBS.
OMAR EDWARDS has been in love with Tap since he was 12 years old. Born in Brooklyn New York, Omar draws his dancing from 23 years of experiences and formal training experiences with masters like Henry Letang, Jimmy Slyde and Marie Brooks. In 1994, Omar earned national acclaim when he and partner Daniel B. Wooten Jar won the grand prize on Star Search. In 1998, Omar created the album Tap Dancin is Music making Omar the first of his generation to release an album where the Tap Dancer is the Leader of the Band, and lead instrument. Omar has taken his Foot music, which he now calls Afro Feet music, to over 20 countries.
SEAN PATRICK HOPKINS Off-Broadway: The Fatal Weakness, Mint Theater Company; Forever Dusty, New World Stages. Regional: Angels In America, Boston Theatre Works; Forever Plaid, California Musical Theatre & North Shore Music Theatre; The 39 Steps, Boeing Boeing, Mountain Playhouse; It’s A Wonderful Life, Beef & Boards; The Man Who Came to Dinner, Peterborough Players. Television: Alpha House (Amazon), Brotherhood (Showtime), The Gilded Lilys (ABC pilot). For my grandfather, WWII veteran Paul Sale McBride (1924-2014).
MICHAEL PAULEY NYC: Everyday, Someday, Here (New Perspectives Theatre); The Dining Room (Hyperion Theatre Company) Regional: Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Kansas City Repertory); Clybourne Park (The Unicorn); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Comedy of Errors (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); 1776, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Texas Shakespeare Festival); Measure for Measure (The Theatre at Monmouth). International: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Franco Parenti- Milan); A Life in the Theatre (Teatro Canovas- Spain). Television: Guiding Light; SNL; Rescue Me. MFA in Acting and Directing (The University of Missouri-Kansas City) BFA in Acting and Directing (The University of Arizona). Proud Member of Actors Equity Association.
ROBERT KARMA ROBINSON is a Brooklyn/Houston native. He received his BFA from the University of Evansville and then an MFA from the now closed (super sad face) National Theatre Conservatory. Upon moving back to New York some of his credits include The Blowin of Baile Gall by Boston playwright Ronan Noone at The Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard, as well as two world premieres: Expedition Six, (written/dir. Bill Pullman) at the Kennedy Center, and Promised Tomorrow Today a world premiere written by Labrats own Lawrence Dial, and debuted in the Downtown Urban Theater Festival last year. Some of his work has been with up and coming theater companies such as Amios, as well as Red Shirt Entertainment a subsidiary of Walhberg entertainment group. He was recently seen in Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing also written and directed by Ricardo Khan. This will be the 6th time collaborating with Mr. Khan. A true and worthy honor. He is glad to be working to live rather than living to work as so many are in these trying days! One love.
SHANE TAYLOR is pleased to be making his FST debut. Most recently, he appeared in the world premiere of Safe House at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He has appeared in a number of regional theatres. TV and film: King of the Bingo Game (PBS) and Sarbane’s Oxley. M.F.A. Rutgers University. Additional training at Williamstown Theatre Festival and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT). He is a featured voice in the publication Classically Speaking by Patricia Fletcher, Trafford Publishing.
TERRELL WHEELER is a Mason Gross School of the Arts (at Rutgers University) graduate. He fell in love with storytelling as a high schooler and has been pursuing his dreams ever since. Terrell would like to thank FST for the opportunity to realize those dreams. Off-Broadway: Children of Killers, Katori Hall (All Stars Project); Off-Off- Broadway: King’s River, Andrew Rosenberg & Ian Kessler (The Medicine Show Theatre). Regional: Carnaval, Nikkole Salter (Luna Stage); Last Saint on Sugar Hill, Kieth Josef Adkins (The National Black Theatre).
Director | Ricardo Khan
Choreographer | Hope Clarke
Scenic Designer | Beowulf Boritt
Associate Scenic Designer | Jared Rutherford
Original Costume Design | Toni-Leslie James
Costume Designer | J. Theresa Bush
Projection Designer | Rocco Disanti
Projection Assistant | Devorah Kengmana
Lighting Designer | Xavier Pierce
Assistant Lighting Designer | Lauren Tyler
Composer/Sound Designer | John Gromada
Associate Sound Designer | Matt Otto
Improvography | Omar Edwards*
Fight Choreographer | Dan Granke
Fight Captain | Michael Pauley*
Production Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
*Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.