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Lydia Diamond's 'Stick Fly'

Nikkole Salter as Taylor, Jason Dirden as Kent, Billy Eugene Jones as Flip, and Rosie Benton as Kimber in the Huntington Theater Company's production of Lydia Diamond's "Stick Fly," playing through March 21 at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston.

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African-American dramatists had to work hard to get their work front and center on the American stage and screen.

Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun” and August Wilson’s “Fences” and more went to Broadway. Spike Lee to the movies. Now, a new generation is coming, with a new ear and eye.

Playwright Lydia Diamond sets her play “Stick Fly” far from South or slum. It’s in a big summer house, in full affluence, with a lot of very contemporary complications.

And still, the weight of history.

This hour, On Point: playwright Lydia Diamond and the view from “Stick Fly.”

Guests:

Lydia R. Diamond, playwright, assistant professor of playwriting and theatre arts at Boston University, and Playwriting Fellow at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where her latest play, “Stick Fly,” is currently being performed.  Her previous plays include ”Harriet Jacobs,” “Lizzie Stranton,” “Voyeurs de Venus,”  ” The Bluest Eye,” and “The Gift Horse.”

Nikkole Salter, an actress, plays Taylor in “Stick Fly.” She’s co-author and performer of the Off Broadway production “In the Continuum.” She serves as executive director of the non-profit group The Continuum Project, which provides artistic programming for the enrichment of communities.

Rosie Benton, an actress, plays Kimber in “Stick Fly.” She has appeared on and off Broadway in plays such as “Accent on Youth” and “Saturn Returns.”

More:

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at “Stick Fly” at the Huntington Theatre, with playwright Lydia R. Diamond, director Kenny Leon, and actors from the production:

And here are some scenes from ”Stick Fly”:

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  • Liz Preston

    I’m enjoying this show with Lydia Diamond and actresses from Stick Fly. Just an FYI to Tom Ashbrook . . . talk less and let your guests speak! Especially in the beginning of the show, you kept interrupting the women as they answered your questions, a tendency that can be irritating. Thanks.

  • Lou

    Tom Ashbrook generally hosts some very interesting guests whose thoughts and insights can be very illuminating. Nonetheless, I’ve noticed recently that Ashbrook’s voice is too often the only one heard. I suggest that he ask his questions in a succint and “on point” manner and not engage in sililoquies which leave the listener wondering if there is a question hidden somewhere.

  • Teresa

    You ask, “Are we ready for dramatic portrayals of upper crust blacks?” I am shocked, Tom, at your pretended Glen Beck/Rush Limbaugh tone.

    We are past ‘ready’, you know that! We are DESPERATE – as a nation – to make these lives recognizabe to all. The stereotypes we still see everyday outside the White House are dangerous and need to be minimized ASAP.

    All the best – T in Santa Barbara

  • Sheila

    Lou and Liz…At last! I’ve thought this for years and felt I was the only one.
    However, in this instance, I don’t think it’s ego. I think Tom is just nervous. Trying to keep up. And eager to be part of the conversation.
    But I thank him making me aware of the play. I’ll buy tickets tomorrow.

  • JP

    Tom,
    I’d ask one other thing of you and On Point:

    Since it’s the 21st century, and since On Point is dedicated to discussing shows with the public, make more and better use of listeners online comments.

    Callers are often nervous and their comments often incoherent, whereas the online comments are often carefully thought out and well phrased, the points often excellent.

    Please consider better incorporating the online comments.

  • Krista

    I first heard about this play after hearing today’s On Point. Tom’s praise was certainly glowing, as were the comments of callers. I bought tickets shortly thereafter and saw the show last night with a friend. He loved. I loved it. Really — brilliant writing and perhaps the best acting I’ve ever seen. Go. See. Stick Fly. You won’t be dissapointed.

    Thanks to Tom — yet again– for an introduction to a great thing.

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