Lunchbox Lecture: Bringing the Story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the Stage
Zoom, Online Event

Speaker: Trey Ellis, Playwright of “Fly”

Trey Ellis is a two-time Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker, American Book Award–winning novelist, NAACP Image Award–winning playwright, essayist, and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Most recently, he was an executive producer and interviewer for the Emmy-winning HBO documentaries True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality and King in the Wilderness. His screenplay Holy Mackerel! is one of the highest ever rated on Franklin Leonard’s Black He is currently developing this project with Shaka King as a limited series for the FX network starring Samuel L. Jackson. Some of his other screenplays include the Peabody Award–winning The Tuskegee Airmen for HBO and Good Fences for Showtime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the PEN award for Best Teleplay. His works have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the novels Platitudes, Home Repairs and Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, GQ, and Vanity Fair, and he has contributed audio commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered. His play, Fly, was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Institute and continues to be performed around the country including Washington, D.C.’s Ford’s Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the New Victory Theater in New York. He is currently in rehearsals for a musical on the life of Dorothy Dandridge, for which he wrote the book and is co-writer of the lyrics. A night of the music from the musical was performed at Carnegie Hall last summer.

The National WWII Museum is proud to present Fly in BB’s Stage Door Canteen in February 2023. For more information about the production and to purchase tickets, visit

This Lunchbox Lecture is free and only available online. For those unable to view it live, recordings will be available after the fact on Facebook and YouTube. For additional information, please email Maggie Hartley, EdD, Director of Public Engagement, at

This program is proudly sponsored by AARP Louisiana.

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM