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Meadow Brook offers Lydia Diamond’s ‘Stick Fly’; opens March 20

Preview March 07, 2019 Encore Staff

ROCHESTER—Meadow Brook Theatre welcomes guest director Benjamin Sterling Cannon to helm Stick Fly, by Detroit playwright Lydia R. Diamond, running March 20 through April 14 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

Stick Fly tells the story of the affluent, African-American LeVay family. The LeVays are gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, long-standing tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.

“Stick Fly ran on Broadway just a few years ago,” says MBT artistic director, Travis Walter. “You’re stepping into these people’s vacation home to watch how their family gets along. Just like in real life, there are funny moments mixed with the serious ones. I’m so pleased Benjamin is joining our Meadow Brook family by directing this great slice of life.”

Director Benjamin Sterling Cannon studied acting in New York and comes to MBT from Washington College in Maryland where he is a lecturer in dance. Cannon will be assisted in his directing duties by Tyrick Wiltez Jones, who also plays Kent, the younger son.

Older son Flip is played by Gary-Kayi Fletcher. The rest of the cast includes Lorenzo Scott (Joe), Briana Gibson Reeves (Taylor), Kendra Holloway (Cheryl) and Dani Cochrane (Kimber).

Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager, with scenic design by Jen Price Fick, assisted by Jasmine Radetski, costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston, lighting design by Scott Ross and sound design by Mike Duncan.

Tickets range from $30 to $45 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at www.ticketmaster.com. Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing. 

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