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By Lydia Diamond
Directed by Shirley Jo Finney

> Watch interview with Lydia Diamond

> Watch interview with Shirley Jo Finney

There may be skeletons in the closet of the LeVays' genteel beach house. When the younger son's fiancée, who has not had wealth to cushion her color, arrives at the family's home in Martha's Vineyard, it ignites a dance of class, territory and duty, and explosive family secrets come to light.  Sharp as a razor's edge, this heartfelt and brutally funny look at a complicated family in disarray, is a play about fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, race, class, and privilege—and how ideas become personal.

Ages 14 and up.

McCarter is thrilled to present the East Coast premiere of Stick Fly by affiliate artist Lydia Diamond. Diamond is a dynamic new voice, recently lauded for her adaptation of  Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye last season in Chicago and New York.  With Stick Fly she creates a play filled with memorable dialogue and realistic portraits that explores some of the most complicated questions in contemporary family life.

"There's no question that Diamond is a major talent, one of a group of only two or three young Chicago writers surely headed for a national profile. Stick Fly not only is an impressively ambitious play, it's also a piece with heart."
- Chicago Tribune 

-By Stuart Duncan,  The Princeton Packet 9/17/2007

"The well-staged production is a refreshingly vital story about relationships and richly complex characters"
By ROBERT L. DANIELS Variety 9/18/2007
(Click on photos to view Bios)
(From left to right)
Kevin T. Carroll; Javon Johnson; Monette Magrath ; Julia Pace Mitchell; John Wesley; Michole Briana White;
Playwright Lydia  R. Diamond
Direction Shirley  Jo Finney
Set Design Felix  E. Cochren
Costume Design Karen  Perry
Lighting Design Victor En  Yu Tan
Soundscape Darron  L West
(Click on name to view Bio)
Location: Berlind
Seating Chart
Dates: Sep 7 - Oct 14 2007
Run Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes - including a 15 minute intermission.
Mon - Thurs:
Fri  - 8:00pm
Sat - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Photo Gallery
Audience Guide
View Trailer
Dialogue on Drama
Schedule Reminder
8/30 Live at the Library
9/16 Dialogue on Drama Performance
9/19 Post-Performance Discussions
9/20 Pride Night Party
9/21 After Hours Party
9/23 Post-Performance Discussions
10/13 ASL Interpreted Performance
10/14 Audio Described Performance

Emily Mann on Stick Fly


Dear Patrons,

It is a rare gift to pick up a new script by an emerging writer and say: “This is a voice I’ve been waiting to hear!” 

Lydia Diamond Interview
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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