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Steven Pearson and actors construct plane.
Steven Pearson and actors constructing the replica plane.

Original play about women aviators takes ‘Flight’ Nov. 18 - 22

The University of South Carolina’s department of theatre and dance will present the original play, “Flight,” Nov. 18 – 22 at the Center for Performance Experiment, the experimental actor training and performing space at Hamilton College gymnasium.

Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and available only at the door.

Developed from an idea by university professor Steven Pearson, who will direct the production, and written by fellow professor Robyn Hunt, “Flight” is being produced through their performance company, Pacific Performance Project/east, with support from the USC Arts Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Pearson describes “Flight” as a “theatrical poem” that explores the thrill and daring of the first women aviators. The play’s narrative follows two daring French actresses preparing to make a history-making flight from Paris to Moscow in 1913, a time when, for women, being an actress was considered improper and being an aviator was considered impossible.

Hunt, who is also performing, says the play “shows proof of the exciting inventions and innovations made by women before World War I, in spite of the fact that those stories have seemingly dropped out of history.”

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  • What: Original play based largely on Anton Chekhov's “The Seagull”
  • Who: University professor Steven Pearson will direct
  • When: 8 p.m. Nov. 18 – 22, plus 10:30 p.m. Nov. 22
  • Where: Center for Performance Experiment, Hamilton College

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