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Stick Fly

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

Stick Fly

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

About The Show

Written by Lydia Diamond
Directed by Marcus Denard Johnson

This winner of the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Play chronicles a weekend in the life of an affluent African American family. The tensions ride high as the Levay brothers bring their respective fiancées home to meet the parents. Family secrets, childhood demons and romantic entanglements are revealed, leading to collisions over race, class, and privilege. Gender roles and generational dynamics further ignite this explosive tragic comedy.

“A MUST SEE. Fascinating. Arrestingly fresh.” - The Wall Street Journal

“She’s a polished playwright, creating a cast-full of dynamic characters all sitting uncomfortably on a powder-keg situation.” - The Boston Globe

“A juicy family drama.” - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


Special Event

Wednesday, Jan 4 - IllumiNation at Stick Fly

Join us for a post-show discussion moderated by Stick Fly Director Marcus Denard Johnson and Visiting Assistant Professor DeAnna S Wright.

Family dynamics are colored in with an abundance of history. In this particular world of an affluent family, the Levays, we get to bear witness to the unfolding of their history in the midst of the family's patriarch, his two sons, their two visitors and the daughter of the family maid. In this talkback, we will engage in a conversation that unpacks the universal narrative of Stick Fly, comprised of race, class, privilege, status and the turbulence that comes when family secrets are uncovered.



Meet the Cast

TREZURE COLES (Cheryl) is a second-year student actor, singer, and dancer from Newport News, Virginia. She received her BFA in Acting from Norfolk State University.  Some professional works Include: Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Erzulie in Once on This Island, Leading role in Lysistrata, Aunt Ester in Gem of the Ocean, Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, Luciana in Comedy of Errors, Nettie in The Color Purple.


Rebecca Rose Mims (Taylor) is overjoyed to be in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s 2022 - 2023 season. She recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a BFA in Acting/Directing. Her most recent credits include The Tempest (Miranda) and Othello (Emilia) in Nebraska Shakespeare’s On the Green this past summer. She would like to thank her oldest sister, Rachel, for running so that she might fly; and her second older sister, Jessica, for loving her unconditionally.


Danielle Vivcharenko (Kimber) is ecstatic to be joining her classmates on the stage this season. She made her FSU/Asolo Conservatory debut last year understudying Olivia in Twelfth Night. Previously in the Asolo Repertory season, Danielle performed in Fountain and understudied Lady Anne/Much in Hood and Joe Crowell in Our Town. She is born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a recent graduate of Kent State University. All the love to Mama and Papa! www.daniellevivcharenko.com


RUEBEN WAKEFIELD (Dad) Hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Rueben graduated from Oral Roberts University's BFA Acting program. Rueben is excited to making his return to the Asolo stage. Last season Rueben made his Asolo Debut in Our Town (Professor Willard). His other recent Professional credits include Nebraska Shakespeare production of The Tempest (Stephano) and American Stage Theatre's stage reading of Eugene O'Neal's The Web (Tim). Rueben has also been seen in regional commercials in Oklahoma and Chicago. He would like to thank his Family, Friends and Jesus for their love and support.  


RICKEY WATSON JR. (Kent) Recent Credits: George (U/S)—OurTown (Asolo Rep); Tommy (U/S)— Grand Horizons (Asolo Rep); George— OurTown (Triad Stage); Richard—Intangible (MCC Theatre); Kaa— Jungle Book (Peppercorn Theatre); King— Princess and the Pea (Missoula Children’s Theatre) Directing Credz: Famous: A P.A. Musical, National Black Theatre (NYC); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Phillips Andover Academy (MA); State of the World, Success Academy (NYC); No Fear, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH).