Adept at capturing the experience of the upper-middle-class African-American, Diamond lays out two families' worth of secrets in this precise play. With only six characters, she constructs a vivid weekend of crossed pasts and uncertain but optimistic futures. On Martha's Vineyard, an affluent African-American family gathers in their vacation home, joined by the housekeeper's daughter, who is filling in for her mother. The family patriarch is a philandering physician; one of his sons has followed in his footsteps, while the other, after numerous false starts in a variety of careers, is a struggling novelist. Both bring along their current girlfriends, to meet the family for the first time. With such highly--perhaps over--educated vacationers, the conversation and the barbs fly, on subjects ranging from race to economics to politics. But there is also more than enough human drama, which reaches its climax when an old family secret comes out. Through lively exchanges and simmering wit, the family tackles a history filled with complications both within the family and in the outer world.
"Directing the world premiere of Stick Fly. . . I discovered that as in many of Lydia Diamond's previous works, this drama takes us far from the ghetto streets of the African-American community and into a world rarely explored in black literature. The cultures of the black upper and middle class are Ms. Diamond's primary subjects in her plays The Gift Horse and Voyeurs de Venus, and in Stick Fly these cultures clash with dramatic effect." --Chuck Smith
“Stick Fly not only is an impressively ambitious play, it’s also a piece with heart.”—Chicago Tribune