Martha’s Vineyard, no stranger to TV and film stars, is now becoming a star in her own right. Earlier this summer, the Vineyard took center stage in “Jumping the Broom,” a comedy starring Angela Basset as a member of a wealthy African-American family who called the Vineyard home. Now comes the Island’s next starring role: “Stick Fly,” a soon-to-be-debuted play produced by singer Alicia Keys.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ music blog, Pop & Hiss:
“Stick Fly” focuses on an affluent African American family that has gathered for a weekend at its Martha's Vineyard home and stars Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Rosie Benton and Condola Rashad.
Tony-nominated direct Kenny Leon (“Fences,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) will direct the play, written by Lydia Diamond. "Stick Fly" begins previews Nov. 18 at the Cort Theatre and will open on Broadway on Dec. 8.
All this media attention is nothing new. The Island wears its “Jaws” history as a badge of honor. It’s also been the setting for the 2003 Farrelly Brothers film “Stuck on You.” Earlier this year, Pulitzer Prize–winning author set her historical fiction novel “Caleb’s Crossing on the Island.” Still, two major productions set on the Island inside one year does seem to be an increase from years past.
That got us wondering: What do Islanders think of their home’s portrayal in Hollywood and on the Great White Way? Do you like it or dislike it? Do any of these films or shows or books accurately convey life on the Vineyard? Do they foster false stereotypes?
And while we’re at it, can you think of any other books, films, plays or TV shows that have used the Vineyard for a backdrop? By putting our minds together, we’re bound to come up with a more complete list than even Google could produce.