Meadow Brook Theatre welcomes guest director Benjamin Sterling Cannon for drama ‘Stick Fly’

Meadow Brook Theatre is pleased to welcome guest director Benjamin Sterling Cannon to helm the story of the affluent, African-American LeVay family. The LeVays are 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. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, long-standing tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.

Stick Fly, by Detroit Playwright Lydia R. Diamond, runs March 20 through April 14, 2019, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

L to R: (Standing) Briana Gibson Reeves, Lorenzo Scott, Dani Cochrane

(Seated) Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Kendra Holloway, Gary-Kayi Fletcher star in ‘Stick Fly’ at Meadow Brook Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography

Stick Fly ran on Broadway just a few years ago,” says MBT artistic director, Travis Walter. “You’re stepping into these people’s vacation home to watch how their family gets along. Just like in real life, there are funny moments mixed with the serious ones. I’m so pleased Benjamin is joining our Meadow Brook family by directing this great slice of life.”

Director Benjamin Sterling Cannon studied acting in New York and comes to MBT from Washington College in Maryland where he is a lecturer in dance. Cannon will be assisted in his directing duties by Tyrick Wiltez Jones, who also plays Kent, the younger son.

Older son Flip is played by Gary-Kayi Fletcher. The rest of the cast includes Lorenzo Scott (Joe), Briana Gibson Reeves (Taylor), Kendra Holloway (Cheryl) and Dani Cochrane (Kimber).

Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager of Stick Fly with scenic design by Jen Price Fick, assisted by Jasmine Radetski, costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston, lighting design by Scott Ross and sound design by Mike Duncan.

Tickets range from $30 to $45 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.

Stick Fly is made possible through the generous support of Extended Stay Hotels, The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild.

Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. For additional information, please visit or call 248-377-3300. Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for more than 50 years.

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