An screen adaptation of Lydia R. Diamond’s play Stick Fly has been ordered by HBO.
You’ll recall that a recent Broadway run of the play was produced by Alicia Keys and Reuben Cannon, with Kenny Leon directing, and a cast that included Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, and Condola Rashad, who was nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress) for her performance.
As I recall, the play was met with mixed reviews, opening on December 08, 2011, and closing on February 26, 2012.
Stick Fly chronicles the a weekend of secrets, prejudice, hypocrisy and adultery that are exposed during a well-to-do African American family’s weekend stay at their home in Martha’s Vineyard.
And now the family dramedy is headed to the small screen, in what will be an hour-long drama, adapted by the playwright (Lydia Diamond), with Alicia Keys and Nelle Nugent executive producing along with HBO.
Word is that HBO has only committed to a script, so a lot of work still has to be done before we see this fully realized on our TV screens.
No word on whether the stage cast will follow Diamond, Keys and the play to the screen.