Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress,
a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for
love, success and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual
politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and
provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.
Staged in our intimate Gillian Theatre, this sexy, serious and fiercely funny new play explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics with rapid fire dialogue, shattering assumptions about our culture’s ingrained attitudes of racism, sexism and classism. You’re sure to be captivated by one of the smartest new plays of its time!
Advisory: Recommended for ages 18 and up.
This production contains: - Use of profanity - Sexual situations - Partial nudity
Evenings Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:30pm select Sundays at 6pm
Matinees Saturdays 3pm select Sundays at 2pm select Wednesdays at 3pm
This is a reserved seat venue. Doors to the performance space will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
There is no late seating or readmittance.
For performances listed as “Sold Out,” contact the Box Office for more information about our standby and wait list options as well as for assistance locating currently available dates and times.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 after the matinee performance
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, scholars and cultural leaders. This one-hour event extends the conversation on our stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For Smart People, we welcome Dr. Sylvia Perry. Dr. Perry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University whose research investigates stereotyping and bias, particularly in medical and academic settings. Dr. Perry will discuss with Director of New Work & Dramaturgy Bobby Kennedy the situations depicted and science explored in Smart People and what she has found in her own research. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.
The Making of... Smart People
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:30pm
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of our productions? For each production, we will offer insight into a different aspect of creating theatre. For Smart People, Playwright Lydia R. Diamond will discuss her writing career and its beginnings in Chicago, the inspiration and motivations behind her play, as well as the different resonance the play now has, two presidential cycles after its setting. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.
Post-Show Conversation: The Word
Join us after every Tuesday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Post-Show Conversation: The Artist
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.