Playwright Lyrida R. Diamond and director Seema Sueko celebrate opening night of Smart People at Arena Stage.
Playwright Lydia R. Diamond and director Seema Sueko celebrate opening night of Smart People at Arena Stage.
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Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People opened Thursday, April 20, at Arena Stage's Keeger Theater. Under the direction of Seema Sueko, performances are set to continue through May 21.

Smart People follows four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race — search for love, acceptance and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.

Sue Jin Song and Lorene Chesley star as Ginny Yang and Valerie Johnston.
Sue Jin Song and Lorene Chesley star as Ginny Yang and Valerie Johnston.
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The cast of four features Lorene Chesley as Valerie Johnston, Gregory Perri as Brian White, Sue Jin Song as Ginny Yang, and Jaysen Wright as Jackson Moore.

Gregory Perri and Jaysen Wright star as Brian White and Jackson Moore.
Gregory Perri and Jaysen Wright star as Brian White and Jackson Moore.
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The creative team includes Misha Kachman (set design), Dede M. Ayite (costume design), Xavier Pierce (lighting design), Andre Pluess (sound design), Jared Mezzocchi (projection design), and Anne Nesmith (wig design). Zach Campion is the vocal coach, and Kurt Hall is the stage manager.

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