Douglas Lyons’ new comedy Chicken & Biscuits has been acquired for Broadway Licensing’s Dramatists Play Service (DPS) imprint.
Following its Broadway breakthrough in 2021, Chicken & Biscuits is now part of the Broadway Licensing Collection for professional and amateur theaters. The original production premiered at the Queens Theater in the Park in February 2020 before moving to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theater in the fall of 2021.
Chicken & Biscuits, a raucous family comedy so full of laughter and love it’ll leave you craving for seconds, has been heralded as “a feast of laughter with peals of dark glee” by Ayanna Prescod (Variety).
“We are honored to continue our relationship with the prolific Douglas Lyons and to welcome Chicken & Biscuits to the Broadway Licensing family,” said Sean Cercone, CEO and President of Broadway Licensing. “Taking its rightful place in the DPS imprint among the greatest plays in American history, Chicken & Biscuits fulfills our mission to bring theater to everyone with stories of family, unity and love. We are thrilled to see this heartfelt and hilarious story reaching every corner of the globe.”
“Ravi is an understatement,” says playwright Douglas Lyons. “Knowing that Chicken & Biscuits will live on in theaters around the world, employing black women and queer actors, fills my heart. May audiences around the world feel the love, the laughter and the healing we experienced at Circle in The Square. The recipe (the script) is now available to everyone. It’s a playwright’s dream come true.
At the funeral of beloved New Haven pastor Benard, or “B,” Jenkins, his rival daughters Baneatta and Beverly just want to spend the day. But when Beverly arrives at church dressed for the nightclub, Baneatta’s son Kenny brings along her white boyfriend, and a family secret is exposed at the pulpit, the family drama just might be their deaths. The original production was directed by Zhailon Levingston and featured Tony Award® nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) in his Broadway debut, Cleo King (Mike & Molly) in his Broadway debut, and Drama winner Desk Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar).
Playwright Douglas Lyons is also an actor (The Book of Mormon, Beautiful), writer, director and composer-lyricist. Douglas received a GLAAD nomination for Chicken & Biscuits and is a finalist for the 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant with his music writing partner Ethan D. Pakchar. Other writing credits include: Fraggle Rock (Apple TV), Polkadots (Off Broadway Alliance Winner Best Family Show, Atlantic Theater Company) and Beau (Adirondack Theater Festival).