Grammy Winner Alicia Keys Set for Stick Fly Talkbacks in 2012
By Adam Hetrick
Grammy Award-winning Stick Fly producer Alicia Keys will participate in a series of upcoming talkbacks for the Lydia R. Diamond comedy starring Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer and Tracie Thoms, which currently plays the Cort Theatre.
Keys, who also penned the original score to Stick Fly, will join members of the cast for post-performance discussions Jan. 7, 2012, at 8 PM; Feb. 6, 2012, at 7 PM; Feb. 16, 2012, at 7 PM; and Feb. 26, 2012, at 7:30 PM. Several of Keys' friends will join in as moderators.
The cast features Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jelly's Last Jam, Lackawanna Blues) as family patriarch, neurosurgeon Joe LeVay, alongside Emmy nominee Hill ("Psych," "The West Wing") and Phifer ("ER," "8 Mile") as his two grown sons Kent and Flip, respectively.
Thoms (Rent, The Exonerated "The Devil Wears Prada") plays Taylor, Kent's fiancée, and Condola Rashad (Ruined, "The Good Wife") is cast as the maid, Cheryl. Rosie Benton plays Flip's girlfriend, Kimber.
Stick Fly began Broadway previews Nov. 18 and officially opened at the Cort Dec. 8. Tickets are now on sale through Feb. 28, 2012. Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Fences, A Raisin in the Sun) staged the production.
The creative team includes David Gallo (scenic design) and Reggie Ray (costume design), Beverly Emmons (lighting design) and Richard Fitzgerald/Sound Associates (sound design).
According to 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."
In addition to Keys, the play is produced by Nelle Nugent, Samuel Nappi, Reuben Cannon, Jay H. Harris/Catherine Schreiber, Huntington Theatre Company, Dan Frishwasser, Charles Salameno, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia Klausner/Rick Danzansky in association with Joseph Sirola, Eric Falkenstein, Kenneth Teaton.
For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Cort Theatre is located at 138 W. 48th Street.
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