Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly Trades Broadway's Lyceum for the Cort Theatre

News   Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly Trades Broadway's Lyceum for the Cort Theatre
The Broadway production of Lydia R. Diamond's comedy Stick Fly, about a well-to-do African American family's tense summer holiday, will now bow at the Cort Theatre.

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond
Playwright Lydia R. Diamond

Producers announced July 27 that the production will retain its Nov. 18 start of previews and Dec. 8 opening, but will play the Cort, rather than the previously announced Lyceum Theatre. Both theatres are owned by the Shubert Organization.

Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon will stage the play, which is being produced by Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, who will present the production along with Reuben Cannon and Nelle Nugent.

Leon also staged Stick Fly in its earlier regional engagements at Arena Stage and the Huntington Theatre Company. The play marks the Broadway debut of playwright Diamond. Casting and creative team will be announced shortly.

Stick Fly, according to producers, "follows the LeVays, an affluent African American family who come together to spend a summer weekend at their Martha's Vineyard home. The adult sons, aspiring novelist Kent and golden boy plastic surgeon Flip, have each brought their respective ladies (one Black and one White) to meet the parents. Food, drink and Trivial Pursuit tangle with class, race and identity politics in this contemporary comedy of manners."

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. Diamond's works also include Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Stage Black and Harriet Jacobs. She is a faculty member of Boston University and has had her works produced at Arena Stage, The New Victory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Chicago Dramatists, Congo Square, MPAACT, True Colors Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and Company One.

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