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Smart People - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Smart People

Lydia R. Diamond

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704864

"...a sexy, serious, and very, very funny modern-day comedy of manners." - Variety

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - 2007-2009. Cambridge, MA.  Various locations. 

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Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

It is the eve of Obama's first election. Four of Harvard University's brightest; a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist, are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.

REVIEWS 

"...a sexy, serious, and very, very funny modern-day comedy of manners." - Variety, Read More 

"...crisp and clever dialogue...Smart People is very funny because it reflects a very sympathetic human foible; the desire to resolve our racial conflicts without messing things up every time we open our mouths." - Broadwayworld.com, Read More 

"Smart People is a great ride; I loved every talky minute of it." - Deadline, Read More 

"Splendid! Diamond...draw[s] laughs even as she firmly pushes back against the notion that we’re living in a 'post-racial society.'" - Boston Globe, Read More 


Smart People premiered at the Huntington Theatre in Boston in May of 2014 under the direction of Peter DuBois.

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2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Ensemble cast

VALERIE JOHNSTON - 24, African American.  Recently graduated A.R.T.  Acting MFA.
JACKSON MOORE - 28, African American.  Harvard Med School.  Surgical Intern on Rotation.
BRIAN WHITE - 36-42, White. Tenured professor at Harvard. Neuro-psychiatrist. Studies patterns of racial identity and perceptions. 
GINNY YOUNG - 34-40, Chinese-Japanese American.  No accent.  Only speaks English.  Respected tenured professor of psychology at Harvard. Studies race and identity among Asian American women.
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