This fall, three plays written or adapted by Black women will be hitting the ‘Great White Way.’ While it is notoriously difficult to land a play on Broadway, the odds are even steeper for Black women. But these women–Katori Hall, Lydia Diamond, composer Diedre Murray, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks–have beaten the odds.

If you’re a theater buff, or just someone who loves a good story, try to make your way to Broadway this fall to check out these three plays.

“Stick Fly” by Lydia Diamond at the Lyceum Theatre

Produced by Grammy winner Alicia Keys and starring a cast of heavy hitters like Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Stick Fly” is about a woman meeting her fiancee’s family for the first time. The play has garnered rave reviews and the Boston Globe called it “laugh-out-loud funny. Brilliant and endlessly fascinating.” “Stick Fly” opens in previews November 18, and officially opens December 8.

“The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Katori Hall’s ode to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stars some of Hollywood’s biggest stars–Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Taking place at the Lorraine Motel on April 3, 1968–the day before he was assassinated–“The Mountaintop” is a “reimagining” of what took place that fateful night before history changed forever. Originally opening in London’s famed West End, “The Mountaintop” won the Olivier Award for Best Play, a first for a female African-American playwright. It will be opening on Broadway on October 13.

“The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess” adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks teamed up with jazz musician and composer Diedre Murray to adapt the classic Gershwins opera for a wider audience. Although, as the New Yorker points out, “Porgy & Bess” was never a favorite for Black audiences because it was a play “about black people written by all white people,” Parks and Murray’s version has been hailed as “profound.”  Starring Tony award winning actress Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier, “Porgy & Bess” opens in previews on Broadway December 17.

Clutchettes, have you been to the theater? What is your favorite show? 

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  • infinitecrimson

    Can. Not. Wait.

    This article is on time because I was just trying to decide what I would treat myself to if I got a 4.0 in grad school this semester. Can you say motivation?! I loveee theater but have yet to see a play on Broadway. So I’m all over this! I hope these performances turn up some Tony Awards too!