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.”
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.”
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”: