UAPB Director of Theatre to premiere Solo Show December 5

December 3, 2012
For Immediate Release

UAPB Director of Theatre to premiere Solo Show December 5

PINE BLUFF, Ark -- Cheryl Collins, Director of Theatre at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will present If I’m Lyin’, I’m Flyin’:The Story of Queen Bess. The play, written by Collins with her son and collaborator, Stephan Collins-Stepney, will be presented Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30pm in the John M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Center. The $20 ticket price is a fundraiser for the theatre department as they endeavor to compete in Baltimore, Maryland at the 76th Annual National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts competition where UAPB’s Theatre students won first place at the competition last year.

Queen Bess is the story of 1920’s aviator Bessie Coleman, who, born to sharecroppers in 1890s Texas, fought the poverty, race and gender issues of the day. She went on to become one of the celebrated Americans of her time--even earning a feature on a 1995 US postage stamp. Collins was attracted to Coleman because of her tenacity and inability to take no for an answer.

“Here’s a woman who flew four years before Amelia Earhart,” said Collins. “She had no resources. No American pilot would take her on as a student so she saved her money and flew to France to learn. She barnstormed across the nation in whatever she could beg, borrow or buy. She tried to represent her people with intelligence and dignity and I am in awe of her.”

Also, as part of the evenings’ entertainment, Stephan Collins-Stepney will perform his stirring one man show B.A.D. (Black and Defiant) which chronicles the lives of boxer Jack Johnson; cowboy Bill Pickett; entertainer Bert Williams; and actor/activist Paul Robeson. Audience members will be able to enjoy both If I’m Lyin’, I’m Flyin’:The Story of Queen Bess and B.A.D. ( Black and Defiant). The performances will also be recorded by UAPB-TV for consideration to showcase in August 2013 at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Tickets are limited, for more information please call (870) 575-8428.

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For more information, contact Alexis Skinner at 870-575-8428 or skinnera@uapb.edu.
If I’m Lyin’, I’m Flyin’:The Story of Queen Bess and B.A.D. ( Black and Defiant)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM Tickets: $20
Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Center on the Campus of UAPB (corner of Reeker Street and University Drive)

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