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Smart People

By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Nataki Garrett
Oct 13 - Nov 19, 2017
Ricketson Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission
Ticket Price: Starting at $30. Prices vary by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: 16+
Advisory: E-cigarettes, sexual situations and adult language, humor and content

Please note: Late seating is at the discretion of the House Management. There will be no late seating after the first 30 minutes of Act I, except during intermission.

Intelligence can only get you so far when it comes to navigating love, success and identity in the modern age. This biting comedy follows a quartet of Harvard intellectuals struggling to understand why the lives of so many people – including their own – continue to be undermined by race. But no matter how hard they research, question and confront the issue, their own problems with self-awareness make it difficult to face the facts of life. Fiercely clever dialogue and energetic vignettes keep the laughs coming in a story that Variety calls “Sexy, serious and very, very funny.”

Lauded as a “powerfully smart writer” (The New York Times), Playwright Lydia R. Diamond’s multi-award-winning plays have been produced throughout the country, including the 2011 Tony Award-nominated Broadway production Stick FlyDirector Nataki Garrett is the Associate Artistic Director for the DCPA Theatre Company. She was highlighted in American Theatre as “One to Watch,” and said she is attracted to “plays that impact us in tremendous ways, chasing us out of our comfort zones.”

Presenting Sponsor: The Joan and Phill Berger Charitable Fund

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Post-Show Discussions
Post-Show Discussions
Oct 13 - Nov 19 | Post-show
In partnership with Biennial of the Americas and the Black Americas Project, there will be a discussion following most performances of Smart People moderated by members of the higher education community. All audience members are invited and encouraged to attend.
Creative Team Perspectives
Creative Team Perspectives
Oct 13 | 6:00pm

The Jones

Get an exclusive insider’s perspective before the show when you join us for a free, professionally-moderated discussion with the creative team.

Cast Perspectives
Cast Perspectives
Oct 22 | 1:30pm

Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors after the matinee.

Theatre & Theology Perspectives
Theatre & Theology Perspectives
Oct 24 | 6:30pm

Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine each show through a theological lens.

ASL & Audio Described Matinee
ASL & Audio Described Matinee
Nov 5 | 1:30pm

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Sign Language interpretation: ASL
Audio Description: AUDIO

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Higher Education Perspectives
Higher Education Perspectives
Nov 5 | 1:30pm

Participate in a topical discussion led by members of our academic community after the matinee.

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Lydia R. Diamond
Lydia R. Diamond, Playwright

Award winning Plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black.  Theatres include:  Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Mo’Olelo, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Plowshares, Second Stage, Steppenwolf, and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Steppenwolf (4), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout. A recipient of many playwriting awards, Lydia was also an ’05/’06 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, is a Board Member at Chicago Dramatists, and a 2012/2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow.  Lydia is an NU graduate (’91), has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College and is 2013-14 Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage.

Nataki Garrett
Nataki Garrett, Director
Featured in the November 2016 edition of American Theatre Magazine’s “One to Watch”, Nataki Garrett is the Associate Artistic Director of the DCPA Theatre Company, and the former Associate Artistic Director of CalArts Center for New Performance. She is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, a NAACP Award nominee and a member of SDC. Recent regional credits include: Hurt Village, An Octaroon, Pussy Valley, Neighbors, Bullrusher, Hoodoo Love, Semi Circle of Love, Smoke Lilies and Jade. Radio Credits include Biloxi Blues, Tape, 16 Wounded, The Living Room. Opera credits: Wet and Sucktion.
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