Lydia R. Diamond's

Stick Fly

Lydia R. Diamond

Denzel Westley-Sanderson

The Linbury Studio Theatre

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Relaxed Performance Guide

Thursday 8 February, 7:15pm
Friday 9 February, 2:15pm
Saturday 10 February, 7:15pm*
Monday 12 February, 2:15pm
Tuesday 13 February, 7:15pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes (including an interval).

*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

The affluent, African-American LeVay family is 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.

Kent’s fiancée, Taylor, an academic whose absent father was a prominent author, struggles to fit into the LeVay’s upper-crust lifestyle. Kimber, on the other hand, is a self-described WASP who works with inner-city school children, fits in more easily with the family.

Joining these two couples are the demanding LeVay patriarch, Joe, and Cheryl, the daughter of the family’s longtime housekeeper. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, long-standing family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.

This amateur production of “Stick Fly” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Denzel is a theatre director and workshop facilitator. Denzel trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the MA theatre directing course.

After graduating in 2017, Denzel was a part of the resident directors’ pool at the Almeida Theatre. Denzel has worked across several different genres and styles of performance, working alongside the CTC Dance Company as the company’s Director. In 2019 Denzel directed the show Identity, which won the award for ‘Exciting New Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2020, Denzel was the co-director for Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the associate director for Dick Whittington at the National Theatre.

‍In 2021, Denzel was awarded the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award.

Lydia R. Diamond is an American playwright and professor. Among her most popular plays are The Bluest Eye (2007); Stick Fly (2008); Harriet Jacobs (2011); and Smart People (2016). Her plays have received national attention and acclaim, receiving the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Writing, an LA Weekly Theater Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the 2020 Horton Foote Playwriting Award from the Dramatists Guild of America.

She has taught playwriting at DePaul University, Loyola University, Columbia College Chicago, Boston University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a Huntington Playwright Fellow and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

This play contains strong language and racial slurs, the depiction of drug use and a moment of violence.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Denzel Westley-Sanderson*

Ruth Badila*

Lighting Designer/Prod Lx
George Rogers

Sound Designer
Maia Thompson

Voice Director
Aundrea Fudge*

Intimacy Director
Asha Jennings-Grant*

Movement Director
Tinovimbanashe Sibanda*

Fight Director
Sam Lyon-Behan*

Costume Supervisor
Sesselja Fanneyjardottir*

Wardrobe Assistant
Laura Quigley*

Assistant Director 
Robert Furey


Mandisa Baleni

Kent (Spoon)
Sabree Edwards

Kai Alexandra Johnson

Joe Levay
Nana Yaw Kyeremateng

Jerry Madison Jr

Kristen Misthopoulos

Production Team

Stage Manager
Natasha Shirley*

Assistant Stage Manager
Patrick McAneny

Production Manager
Elisabetta Perrotta

Production Sound Engineer
Isabel Buchanan