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Lindbergh: A Life of Flight"
One-man show brings pilot to life
"Fake News" and "America First" may be part of the current political
news, but this is not the first time these terms were tossed
about. A world-famous celebrity may be leading a political movement,
but that has happened before. Racism and xenophobia may be finding
popular acceptance today, but these ideas were pushed years
ago. In fact, these elements from today's world can all be found
in the life of the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh and they are
brought to life again in "Charles Lindbergh: A Life of Flight"
a one-man show with Chris Jackson, as the pilot, being presented
at this year's Tampa Fringe Festival with performances May 4
through May 12.
At twenty-five Charles Lindbergh was the most famous person
in the world. His solo flight across the Atlantic was an act
of bravery, skill and determination. He was again famous when
involved in what newspapers called "The Crime of the Century."
He escaped the spotlight for many years but returned as the
public face of The America First movement. Few lives have whipsawed
from such highs to such lows and been filled with such contradictions
and unanswered questions. "Lindbergh: A Life in Flight" draws
on newspaper accounts, speeches, court records, and autobiographies
to tell the troubling story of one of America's heroes.
"Charles Lindbergh: A Life of Flight" will be a revelation
to many who know Lindbergh only as the first man to fly non-stop
across the Atlantic. While most will have heard of the famous
kidnapping, they will not know the details and mystery that
still surrounds that event. And even more, his darker side is
hidden to most. His anti-Semitism, his championing of eugenics,
and other details from his private life remain forgotten.
This one-man show presents Lindbergh as he drifts in his own
mind from his anti-war America First Committee speeches to the
kidnapping and to the famous flight that made him a true American
Chris Jackson, Tampa Bay Area performer, has wanted to perform
a one-man show for many years. He and James Rayfield, author
and director, cast about for a subject but never hit on a subject
or character that worked for them. Rayfield said, "The current
political situation brought up so many topics that echoed the
past that I was drawn to looking for moments when this had happened
before. The more I read about Lindbergh the more fascinated
I became with this complex person. Chris seemed almost ideal
to portray the young pilot."
HCC Studio Theatre in Ybor City
Purchase Tickets Here: http://tampafringe.org/tiff/charles-lindbergh-a-life-in-flight/
Tickets: $7 (+$3 festival support fee)
Showtimes and Dates:
Friday, May 4 at 6pm
Saturday, May 5 at 3:30pm
Sunday, May 6 at 5pm
Wednesday, May 9 at 8:45pm
Thursday, May 11 at 9pm
Friday, May 12 at 1:30pm
Solo Drama – 1 Hour