The Vineyard Meets Hollywood, the Great White Way

What do you think of the Island's portrayal in movies, plays, TV shows and books?

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.

Vanessa Czarnecki October 06, 2011 at 05:15 AM
Some others (Thanks to Skip): The Inkwell, both Sabrina's and Jaws -- the latter filmed here, not set here.
Christopher October 06, 2011 at 10:07 AM
I saw Jaws long before moving here. It is actually the most accurate portrayal I have seen of what the Vineyard is like. All that has followed has been idealized or a setting for racial stereotypes. As to future projects, I would offer my now out-of-print murder mystery "Murder in Martha's Vineyard Lodge" which is still available in Kindle or Nook formats.
Linda Vadasz October 06, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Have you forgotten The Ghost by Robert Harris (made into the film The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski and thus filmed in Europe).
Vanessa Czarnecki October 06, 2011 at 03:35 PM
I did! Good one!


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