Test Flight Week #1: Our Lady of Common Sorrows

Written and Directed by Jaiie Dayo Aliya

January 19, 2023 - January 21, 2023

7:30pm, Thu/Fri/Sat, James Levin Theatre.

EVERY TICKET is “Choose What You Pay” and will be offered online, over the phone, and at the Box Office.


A woman recently released from prison, and her loved ones, experience a crisis of faith when her 15-year-old daughter becomes pregnant under mysterious, and perhaps miraculous, circumstances.

Featuring: Ashley Aquilla, Isaiah Betts, Mansa Bey, Cristal Christian, Drew Pope, Royce Ruffin, Amy Spencer, and Kynnedy Stewart

Content Warning: Contains strong language, depictions of substance abuse, and talk of sexual assault. 

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The James Levin Theatre is ADA-compliant featuring a patron elevator and an all-gender, wheelchair-accessible restroom.

About the Playwright

Jaiie Dayo Aliya (He/They)—Our Lady of Common Sorrows

Jaiie Dayo Aliya is an Akron Arts Alive and Knight Arts Challenge Award-winning playwright, actor, and musician. They studied at Kent State University, where they majored in Theater Arts and Pan-African Studies. They are Artistic Director of Ma’Sue Productions. With Ma’Sue, Dayo Aliya has produced eight plays in the past 9 years that have received numerous accolades and press in local media such as; The Devil StripAkron Beacon JournalCleveland Plain DealerAkronlife Magazine, and many other locally and regionally published media outlets. His work has been produced at Balch Street Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Akron Civic Theatre. They were also the 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow at CPT.

About Test Flight

Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. Test Flight provides both local and national artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. The series encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system. New Play Development.


                                                The Nord Family Foundation