Smart People by Lydia Diamond
In Diamond’s play, set just before Obama’s election, the volatile dynamics of talking about race intertwine with the romantic interactions among four racially diverse Harvard intellectuals. A physician, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist who is studying the brain’s response to race (is it genetic?) all find that discussions about race can turn unexpectedly, even among friends who are well educated and socially aware. With barbed wit, this smart play explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics.
The show is directed by guest director Jon Royal. Cast includes David Ian Lee, Christine Lin, Tamiko Robinson Steele, and Shawn Whitsell.