We’re very proud to announce our next show, the Canadian Premiere of SMART PEOPLE by Lydia R. Diamond. The show will run November 2nd – 18th at our usual digs at Studio 16 in Vancouver.
The show reunites director David Mackay (Boeing Boeing – Arts Club) with cast members Aaron Craven and Kwesi Ameyaw. All three worked on our company’s previous production of David Mamet’s Race. Craven is the Artistic Director of Mitch and Murray Productions and can be seen in the upcoming TV series Somewhere Between. Ameyaw features on the TV show Legends of Tomorrow.
Rounding out the cast and appearing for the first time with our company are actors Rukiya Bernard (TV’s Van Helsing) and Olivia Cheng (TV’s Marco Polo).
Brilliant, hilarious, and incisive, playwright Lydia R. Diamond (writer of The Bluest Eye and Broadway’s Stick Fly) explores the deep questions of race and identity in this controversial and fiercely funny play. On the eve of Obama’s first election, four intellectuals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to racial differences—find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics. Everyone wants to be successful, to find love, and to feel as if they’ve made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest?
In the great tradition of Clybourne Park and Disgraced, Smart People asks the questions that don’t always get asked in public. “A challenge to complacency … Smart People (is) a splendid new play about race.” – The Boston Globe.
Mitch and Murray Productions is very excited to bring this dynamic, funny and relevant new play to town. Stay tuned for our upcoming fundraising campaign, a yearly staple of our company which helps us keep bringing great modern theatre to Vancouver.