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January 30, 2019

K-State's Ebony Theatre presents 'Stick Fly' by Lydia R. Diamond Feb. 1-2

Submitted by Blakely Bunning

K-State's Ebony Theatre will perform a stage reading of Lydia R. Diamond's award-winning play "Stick Fly" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Purple Masque Theatre. The Friday performance is preceded by this month's First Friday event from 6-7 p.m. which features music, refreshments and an open mic.

"Stick Fly" tells the story of the affluent, African-American LeVay family, who is gathering at their Martha's Vineyard home for the weekend. 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.

K-State's Ebony Theatre works to expose the community to Black theatre and the rich and complex literary heritage of African-Americans. Ebony Theatre was created to feature the work of African-American playwrights or pieces specifically about the struggles associated in the lives of African-Americans. Established at K-State in 1977, Ebony Theatre is one of the only collegiate theatre companies in the region devoted this cause. The organization is run solely by students with the guidance of faculty advisors and is funded by the Student Governing Association.

Tickets are free, and seating can be reserved at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Visit k-state.edu/mtd to learn more about music, theatre and dance at K-State.