Life Stories at Stick Fly

The Life Stories and Media Lab students went to see “Stick Fly” on Broadway by playwright Lydia R. Diamond at the Cort Theater on Wednesday, December 21.

The play follows the LeVays, an affluent African American family who come together to spend a summer weekend at their Martha’s Vineyard home. Themes of class, race and identity politics intersect in this contemporary comedy. Starring Dule Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago- Hudson, Rosie Benton, Condola Rashad and direction by Kenny Leon with producer and  composer Alicia Keys.

I was immediately captivated by the storyline and the plot twists which kept me engaged and intrigued as it unfolded. My fellow ensemble members loved the play as it related to some of the themes we are exposed to and exploring in our own work.

After the play we had the opportunity to take a stage tour-the set was so unique because a lot of it was functional and the design of the rooms allowed us to view what was occuring in more than one room simultaneosly.

We were so lucky because acclaimed actress Tracie Thoms gave us an exclusive talk back on the set; and invited her co-stars Mekhi Phifer and Dule Hill to say hello, answer some questions about their experience in this show, and take a photo.

We learned so much from speaking with Tracie. It was amazing to find out how complex and time consuming it can get as a working actor on such a big production like this one. Tracie also pointed out that she is still discovering and evolving her character which was interesting to find out because I had this misconception that once you start performing your piece, then there is no more room for enhancement of your character. I remember first seeing Tracie in he movie “Rent” and was so moved by her performance and talent, as well as in “Stick Fly.” All of us were blown away by her many skills humor, honesty, and overall how down to earth she is.

What made the night even more special was being able to tell Tracie how her performances inspire me personally and help me develop as an actor.

Everyone should see this show!


– Devin Mojica, 11th Grade