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Now Let Me Fly, Loyola's first production of the season

Loyola press release - September 23, 2004

Inspirational production to open fall theater season at Loyola University New Orleans

(New Orleans)—An inspiring play by an award-winning writer will be the first fall production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. Now Let Me Fly by Marcia Cebulska will be presented on October 1-9. It is being directed by Dane Rhodes.

Now Let Me Fly was commissioned through a cooperative effort of the Brown Foundation and Washburn University as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the landmark Supreme Court Decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This decision overturned the doctrine of “separate but equal” public schools and jump-started the Civil Rights Movement.

The story begins in 1950. Thurgood Marshall is eager to overthrow “separate but equal”, but when visited by the ghost of his mentor, Charles Houston, he is stricken with doubt. Houston takes Marshall on a journey, looking in on the lives and losses of the men and women working in the grassroots struggle against segregation. Together they visit Washington D.C., Farmville, Virginia; Hockessin, Delaware; Somerton, South Carolina; and Topeka, Kansas. They collect the thumbprints of the ordinary people who became activists in all five of the cases that went to the Supreme Court. Together, the thumbprints form a picture of determination, dignity, and success. Now Let Me Fly is the story of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the struggle to end legalized segregation in America.

Now Let Me Fly will run in the Lower Depths Theater, St. Charles at Calhoun, on October 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admissions, $7 for students and seniors. Group rates are available.

For more information, call 865-3824.