African-American Shakespeare Company presents Leslie Lee's 'Black Eagles', an extraordinary drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black fighter pilots. The play opens at a reception honoring the airmen. As the elderly WWII pilots reminisce, they are joined by their younger selves and the story of this brave company is retold. Directed by AASC Artistic Director L. Peter Callender.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a squadron of black fighter pilots during World War II who were treated by the Army as badly abroad as African-Americans were back home in segregated America. The late playwright Leslie Lee explored the experience of those men in his 1991 play. Structured as a flashback to 1944, it begins in 1989 when the former airmen meet for a reunion. African-American Shakes artistic director L. Peter Callender directs.