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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)
• COMEDY • DRAMA
Run Time: To come
Ticket Price: Subscriptions on sale now; single tickets go on sale late summer. Tickets will start at $30
Age Recommendation: 16+
Advisory: Adult language, adult content and situations

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.”

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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

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.”

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