Alicia Keys and Nelle Nugent, who also produced the brief Broadway run of the play during the 2011-12 season, are behind the screen version. Diamond is streamlining the 135-minute play into an hour-long drama.
Casting and a timeline for the HBO premiere have not been announced.
Stick Fly played 24 previews and 92 regular performances at Broadway's Cort Theatre. It was directed by Kenny Leon (Fences, The Mountaintop).
According to Broadway producers, "It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard… until the baggage got unpacked. Set at the elegant summer home of the well-to-do LeVay family, Stick Fly begins when two adult sons bring their significant others (one a fiancée, the other a new girlfriend) home to meet their parents for the first time. Soon, secrets are revealed, civilities are dropped and identities are explored in a harsh new light. Race and rivalry, class and family, all come together for an explosive comedy of manners about today’s complex world."
Stick Fly premiered at Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago in 2006. In 2008 it was performed at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Stick Fly is the recipient of the 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play.