The work played on Broadway last year after having its world premiere at the Queens Theater in the Park in 2020.
Douglas Lyon’s Chicken & Cookies was acquired for licensing by the Broadway Playwrights Licensing play service imprint. The work made its Broadway debut at the Circle in the Square Theater in 2021 following a world premiere at the Queens Theater in the Park in 2020.
Chicken & Cookies follows the Jenkins family as they come together to celebrate their father’s life. The eldest daughter, Baneatta, wants everything to be perfect. Self-proclaimed favorite daughter Beverly prefers to honor her father by dressing up to show off. The teenage granddaughter, La’trice, cannot mind her own business. Plus, there’s grandson Kenny and his Jewish boyfriend Logan. Then everything begins to fall apart when a family secret comes to light at the funeral.
The work marked Lyon’s Broadway debut as a playwright, but he’s no stranger to the Main Stem. As a performer, Lyons has appeared in both Magnificent: Carole King’s Musical and The Book of Mormon. Lyons’ writing credits also include fragglerock on AppleTV+, Peas at Atlantic Theater Company’s Atlantic for Kids Off-Broadway, and handsome at the Adirondack Theater Festival. He was a finalist for the 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant with his writing partner Ethan D. Pakchar.
“Ravi is an understatement,” Lyons says. “Know that Chicken & Cookies will live in theaters around the world, employing black women and queer actors, fills my heart. May viewers around the world feel the love, laughter and healing we experienced at Circle in The Square. The recipe (the script) is now available for everyone to enjoy. It’s a playwright’s dream come true.”
The Broadway production starred Norm Lewis, Michael Urie, Cleo King, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Devere Rogers, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Aigner Mizzelle and Alana Raquel Bowers. Zhailon Levingston, the youngest black writer in Broadway history, helmed the production, leading a creative team that included set designer Lawrence E. Moten III, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Adam Honoré, sound designer Twi McCallum, and wig, hair and makeup artist Nikiya Mathis.
For more information and to obtain a license Chicken & Cookiesvisit BroadwayLicensing.com.