"Lydia Diamond's dialogue is so damn SMART AND CLEVER." - Boston Herald
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 wit, Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics in this controversial and fiercely funny new play that will be directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Rapture, Blister, Burn and Sons of the Prophet).
"Quick-witted, wildly intelligent, and as entertaining as it is unsettling, Smart People is Lydia Diamond’s most ambitious play to date."— Peter DuBois
“What an outrageous honor – the luxury of returning to a theatre I’ve come to call home. I can think of no better place to launch my new play than within the smart, warm embrace of the Huntington. Smart People takes on big, risky ideas and lives in the world of risky questioning and flawed humanity. It is thrilling to have Peter DuBois at the helm of a ship that looks at huge, explosive ideas in nuanced and often humorous ways.”— Lydia R. Diamond
Stick Fly playwright Lydia R. Diamond on finding an artistic home in Boston.
Lydia R. Diamond's plays include Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, Harriet Jacobs, and Stage Black. Lydia is Co-Vice President of Theatre Communication Group’s Board of Directors, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and a member of the faculty at Boston University.
Peter DuBois is in his fifth season as Artistic Director at the Huntington where his directing credits include the world premieres of Evan M. Wiener's Captors, Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet, Bob Glaudini's Vengeance is the Lord's, and David Grimm's The Miracle at Naples, the reional premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw, and Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss.
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