(BOSTON) — Due to extraordinary demand for the final production of its 2013-2014 Season, Huntington Theatre Company announces a second one-week extension to the run of Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People. It will now run thru Sunday, July 6, 2014 (see full calendar below).
Tickets to extension performances are on sale now at huntingtontheatre.org; by phone at 617 266 0800; and in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston's South End, and the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Avenue.
The Boston Globe raves, "A splendid new play about race . . . under the characteristically deft direction of Peter DuBois. [Diamond writes] with wit, verve, a shrewd eye for portraiture, and an equally shrewd ear . . . The Huntington cast is just superb!" WGBH calls Smart People, "Very, very funny and thought-provoking!" WBUR exclaims, "An excellent production! Witty writing and very impressive acting." And South Shore Critic calls it, "A brilliant marriage of writing and performance that makes for extremely satisfying theatre."
Smart People began performances on Friday, May 23 and opened officially on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Smart People is a world premire by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond, author of the acclaimed Stick Fly, which was also extended by popular demand and became the hottest show in Boston in the spring of 2010. Smart People asks the question: are our beliefs and prejudices hard-wired into us? Four Harvard intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race — search for love, success, and identity in a complex world. With barbed with, Diamond explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics in this controversial and fiercely funny new play, directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (The Power of Duff, Rapture, Blister, Burn, and Sons of the Prophet at the Huntington).
Lydia R. Diamond is a member of the 2005-2007 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows. Her most recent play, Smart People, was commissioned by the McCarter Theatre and had its world premiere at the Huntington in 2014. The Huntington’s 2010 hit production of her play Stick Fly produced in association with Arena Stage inspired the 2011 Tony Award-nominated Broadway production. Awards for Stick Fly include a 2012 Outer Circle Critics Award nomination for Best Play (Broadway), 2010 IRNE Award for Best Play, 2010 LA Critics Circle Award for Playwriting, 2010 LA Garland Award for Playwriting, 2009 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Playwriting, 2008 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award, and 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Best New Work. Her other plays include Voyeurs de Venus (2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, 2006 BTAA for Best Writing); The Bluest Eye (2006 Black Arts Alliance Image Award for Best New Play, 2008 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award); The Gift Horse (2005 Theodore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize – 2nd Place); Harriet Jacobs; and Stage Black. She was a 2005-2006 Harvard WEB Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a 2012-2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, a 2012 Sallie B. Goodman McCarter Fellow, and a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor. She is currently a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a playwright in residence at Arena Stage. Ms. Diamond is a graduate of Northwestern University where she majored in performance studies. She has an honorary doctorate of arts from Pine Manor College and was on faculty at Boston University.
(As of June 29, 2014)
About the Huntington
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.