PLEDGE NOW
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.

Post your comments below

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”:

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Feb 11, 2016
In this Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, Vern Lund, president of Liberty Mine in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss., holds some of the lignite coal planned for use in the nearby Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture power plant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

The Supreme Court hits the brakes on the heart of President Obama’s push to fight global warming. We’ll dig in.

Feb 11, 2016
A sampling of same of the great books author David Denby thinks could help encourage young readers to love books. (National Post)

David Denby on the 24 great books that can bring even today’s kids to reading. And maybe you, too.

RECENT
SHOWS
Feb 10, 2016
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, a technician from the British biotec company Oxitec, inspects the pupae of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a vector for transmitting the Zika virus, in Campinas, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Taking on the Zika virus, from tackling the disease itself, to killing the mosquitoes that carry it to the challenge of birth control.

 
Feb 10, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to the crowd before speaking during a primary night watch party at Concord High School, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The winners and losers in New Hampshire, and the path ahead in the presidential primary race.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Notes From New Hampshire, #9: Remedy Or Replica?
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016

Jack Beatty offers one last note from New Hampshire, and looks beyond to the primary races yet to come in both parties.

More »
Comment
 
Tom Ashbrook’s Note From New Hampshire
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016

Fresh off the New Hampshire Presidential Primary results, host Tom Ashbrook reflects on his trip to New Hampshire, and on what comes next in the race to the White House.

More »
Comment
 
Notes From New Hampshire, #6: Bernie v. Hillary — The Electability Debate
Monday, Feb 8, 2016

Bill and Betty are not real New Hampshire voters. But their arguments about the Democratic race for President most certainly are.

More »
Comment