Written by Lydia R. Diamond and Directed by Nikki Romain

SMART PEOPLE marks ART Inc’s inaugural theatrical production and will premiere in the CEFCU Theatre at The Romain Arts & Culture Center.

Friday, June 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2:30 PM
SMART PEOPLE runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.

Jonathan Day II as Jackson Moore
Kelly Motley as Valerie Johnston
John Carroll as Brian White
Vivian Standifird as Ginny Yang

On the eve of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Election, four hyper-intelligent Cambridge residents find that — despite their best intentions upon broaching the subject — the topic of race is a treacherous one, full of stumbles and wrong turns. Brian, a neuroscientist, is studying the brain’s responses to race and its societal implications. Ginny, a psychiatrist, is studying low-income Asian-American women’s reaction to stress. Jackson, a young doctor, has opened a clinic for low-income patients. Valerie, a talented actor, is struggling to make ends meet by working as a maid. Through bright, funny dialogue and fast-paced vignettes, playwright Lydia R. Diamond brings her quartet of complicated characters to vibrant life. As they each bull-headedly pursue their professional and personal goals, they find that issues of self-awareness, identity, and race are stumbling blocks that even “smart people” can’t seem to avoid.

(SMART PEOPLE is rated M for mature. Viewer discretion is advised.)

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