Stick Fly

by  Lydia R. Diamond

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 3f

“A MUST SEE. Fascinating. Arrestingly fresh.” - The Wall Street Journal

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The affluent, African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. Kent’s fiancée, Taylor, an academic whose absent father was a prominent author, struggles to fit into the LeVay’s upper-crust lifestyle. Kimber, on the other hand, is a self-described WASP who works with inner-city school children, fits in more easily with the family. Joining these two couples are the demanding LeVay patriarch, Joe, and Cheryl, the daughter of the family’s longtime housekeeper. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, long-standing family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2010 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards: Best Production, Best Direction, Best Ensemble Performance 
    Winner! 2010 LA Garland and 2009 LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Playwriting 
    Winner! Boston IRNE Award
    Winner! 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award, Best Play 
    Finalist! 2008 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 
    Nominee! 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Broadway Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

“A MUST SEE. Fascinating. Arrestingly fresh.” - The Wall Street Journal, Read More Here

“One of my favorite plays of the year.” - Bloomberg, Read More Here

“Conflict and sexual sparks. A juicy family drama.” - The New York Times

“She’s a polished playwright, creating a cast-full of dynamic characters all sitting uncomfortably on a powder-keg situation.” - The Boston Globe, Read More Here

“There's no question that Diamond is a major talent” - Chicago Tribune, Read More Here

“The script is packed with warm, brainy banter.” - Time Out New York, Read More Here

Videos

  • Stick Fly Video
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The LeVay Home, Martha's Vineyard, 2005, Not Oak Bluffs
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f
KENT (SPOON) - 31, youngest son of the LeVay family; has grown up with an artistic disposition in a family of doctors and lawyers
TAYLOR - 27, daughter from an earlier marriage of renowned, recently deceased, public intellectual, James Bradley Scott; was raised by a single mother college professor
CHERYL - 18, the daughter of the family maid; pretty, bright, always well-intentioned; has always had a crush on Flip
FLIP - 36, oldest son of LeVay family; the “golden boy” who, with some compromises, has fallen in line with his father’s expectations; an incorrigible ladies man
JOE LEVAY (DAD) - 58, LeVay patriarch; a well-intentioned man, who rules his family with a firm, loving hand; has always had a way with women
KIMBER - 32, white; is an intelligent woman with a quick wit and sincere warmth; her social status matches that of the LeVays, with of course, the undeniable privilege of whiteness - of this she is aware, and on some level appalled
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Lydia R. Diamond

LYDIA R. DIAMOND Award winning Plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kan ...

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Stick Fly opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in New York City on December 8, 2011. It was produced by Nelle Nugent, Alicia Keys, Samuel Nappi, Reuben Cannon, Charles Salameno, Huntington Theatre Company, Dan Frishwasser, Catherine Schreiber , Jay H. Harris/Joseph Sirola, Daveed D. Frazier/Mark Thompson, and Sharon A. Carr/Patricia Klausner/Rick Danzansky; in association with Kenneth Teaton, Cato and Nicole June/Matthew and Shawna Watley, Howard Kagan, and Eric Falkenstein. It was directed by Kenny Leon.

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