Lydia R. Diamond talks about 'Stick Fly'

LINDA ARMSTRONG Special to the AmNews | 12/28/2011, 5:01 p.m.
Lydia R. Diamond talks about 'Stick Fly'

LD: It just happens that Flip, possibly partly by the example his father has set, is not one to gravitate toward monogamy. I think his hesitancy would be pretty resolved with a partner of any color. It's not a political statement as much as it is a depiction of a kind of male who is uncomfortable with the idea of commitment because he is not capable of that level of emotional vulnerability.

That said, I think the odds are in favor of Flip reconsidering his position.

AmNews: The three Black males are very clear characters: one is sensitive, one is controlling and cold and another is also cold and afraid of commitment. What are you trying to say about Black males through these characters?

LD: I am not saying anything about the Black man. Black, White, Asian, Martian-men are men, diverse in their attitudes about race, gender and culture. I don't think any of the characters in "Stick Fly" represent any one kind of man. They are all well-rounded individuals with viewpoints born of their experiences and perceptions. I do like that I have put on stage Black men who honor Black women and feel some allegiance to family.

AmNews: By contrast, the female characters are all very strong in their own right-what message are you trying to convey through them?

LD: Much like my previous answer, I don't think the female characters represent anything other than themselves. I am glad that they are all complicated, funny and flawed. I do think they are strong women, and I love this about them.

AmNews: What do you want audiences to come away with?

LD: I would hope audiences are entertained and feel that the evening was worthy of their time and money.

"Stick Fly" is something you should see and form your own opinions about. It's definitely worth your time.