Lyrida R. Diamond's Smart People Opens at Long Wharf Theatre
Long Wharf Theatre's production of Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People is currently in performance. The production, helmed by Desdemona Chiang, opens tonight, and performances are set to continue through April 19. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Smart People explores questions of race and identity in a controversial and fiercely funny play. On the eve of Obama’s first election, four intellectuals — a doctor, an actor, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to racial differences — find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics. Everyone wants to be successful, to find love, and to feel as if they’ve made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest? In the tradition of Clybourne Park and Disgraced, Smart People asks the questions that don’t always get asked in public.
The cast includes Ka-Ling Cheung (Ginny), Tiffany Nichole Greene (Valerie), Sullivan Jones (Jackson), and Peter O’Connor (Brian).
The creative team includes Patrick Lynch (sets), Mary Readinger (costumes), Stephen Strawbridge (lights), Greg McGuire (sound), and Kathy Snyder (stage manager).