Lydia R. Diamond’s “Stick Fly”

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Add to Calendar 2019-04-17 20:00:00 2019-04-17 22:00:00 Lydia R. Diamond’s “Stick Fly” Produced by the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies and directed by guest artist Denise J. Hart from Howard University in Washington, D.C., “Stick Fly” is playwright Diamond’s comedy-drama of the depiction of generational conflict among an affluent contemporary African American family and friends, tackling issues of gender, race, class, and privilege in a searing way.   Written in 2008, the play follows members of the LeVay family, who gather at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend. Brothers Kent and Flip have each brought his girlfriend 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, a self-described WASP who works with inner-city schoolchildren, 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.   An informal talk-back with cast, crew, and director follows the opening night performance. Refreshments provided. Montgomery Hall St. Mary's College of Maryland Mark Rhoda America/New_York public
Montgomery Hall
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Bruce Davis Theater

Produced by the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies and directed by guest artist Denise J. Hart from Howard University in Washington, D.C., “Stick Fly” is playwright Diamond’s comedy-drama of the depiction of generational conflict among an affluent contemporary African American family and friends, tackling issues of gender, race, class, and privilege in a searing way.

 

Written in 2008, the play follows members of the LeVay family, who gather at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend. Brothers Kent and Flip have each brought his girlfriend 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, a self-described WASP who works with inner-city schoolchildren, 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.

 

An informal talk-back with cast, crew, and director follows the opening night performance. Refreshments provided.

Ticket Information
Ticket prices are $4 for teachers, students, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6, general admission. To make reservations, email the Theater Box Office at boxoffice@smcm.edu or telephone 240-895-4243.
Event Sponsor(s)
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Mark Rhoda
marhoda@smcm.edu
(240) 895-4231
Event Group
Theater Film and Media Studies
Performance