College of Charleston professor and actor Joy Vandervort-Cobb is probably best known for cracking up audiences in comic roles — like her recent turn as Trudy the bag lady in Lily Tomlin’s iconic The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. But Vandervort-Cobb is also a frequent director, and her latest behind-the-scenes endeavor is Pearl Cleage’s play Flyin’ West. Set in 1898 Kansas, the play follows a group of four African-American women as they move into the newly opened-up territories of the West. The story is notable for its focus on the often-overlooked diversity among Western settlers, and the specific challenges that women of color faced. Feminism, determination, and freedom are a few of the many bold themes show-goers can expect to mull over during the production. To hear what the cast and crew have to say on these topics, stick around after the show on opening night for the talkback session.