HBO is turning to Broadway for its latest inspiration -- having given a script commitment to Lydia Diamond's "Stick Fly," based on Diamond's critically acclaimed play about race, class and familial friction set during an African American family's trip to Martha's Vineyard.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Diamond will adapt "Stick Fly" into an hourlong drama format, and will executive produce the project alongside the play's original producers, Alicia Keys and Tony winner Nelle Nugent.
The plot centers around two brothers (played by Dulé Hill and Mekhi Phifer during the original Broadway run) who both independently decide to introduce their girlfriends (one white and one black) to their parents on the same weekend getaway, whereupon chaos inevitably ensues.
Keys wrote original incidental music for the play's stage debut, so it seems likely -- although as yet unconfirmed -- that her compositions will be included in the small-screen version should the adaptation get the greenlight.
"This is a story that everybody can relate to. I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment," Keys noted during the play's initial run. "I know it will touch audiences who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.”
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