Smart People


Do our belief systems stem from our environment, or are some prejudices hard-wired into us? With barbed wit, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the unavoidable nature of cultural bias and other sticky subjects in the controversial and fiercely funny new play Smart People. Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race — search for love, acceptance and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$55 - $90

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 04/14/2017 - 05/21/2017
Sunday 02:00pm07:30pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 07:30pm--
Wednesday 12:00pm07:30pm-
Thursday 08:00pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 04/26/2017 - 12:00pm Post-Show Discussion
  • 05/02/2017 - 7:30pm Post-Show Discussion

Extra Performances

  • 05/14/2017 - 6:00pm
  • 04/26/2017 - 12:00pm


  • 05/20/2017 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 05/11/2017 - 8:00pm
  • 05/13/2017 - 2:00pm
  • 05/17/2017 - 7:30pm
Performer Role
Lorene Chesley Valerie Johnston
Gregory Perri Brian White
Sue J Song Ginny Yang
Jaysen Wright Jackson Moore
Production Personnel
Lydia R. Diamond
Seema Sukeo
Costume Designer
Dede M. Ayite
Set Designer
Misha Kachman
Sound Designer
Andre Pluess
Lighting Designer
Xavier Pierce
Projections/Media Designer
Jared Mezzocchi


Arena Stage - The Kreeger Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Kreeger Theater, a 514-seat, fan-shaped space with a modified thrust stage, is updated with current technology and amenities, while retaining the qualities that make it one of the most artist- and audience-friendly spaces in the country: extraordinary flexibility, excellent acoustics, flawless sightlines and remarkably intimate interaction between actor and audience.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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