About this Event
Nature vs Nurture- Is it in our genes or did we learn it? A surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist tackle the human brain and how it responds to race, just days before Obama wins the White House. And while they are at it, these Smart People also search for love, success, and identity…come see how smart they really are.
Lydia R. Diamond, Playwright
Lydia R. Diamond's award-winning plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Mo’Olelo, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Plowshares, Second Stage, Steppenwolf, and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Steppenwolf (4), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout.
A recipient of many playwriting awards, Lydia was also an ’05/’06 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow and a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor. She is a Board Member at Chicago Dramatists and a 2012/2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow.
Lydia is an Northwestern University graduate (’91), has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College and was the 2013-14 Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage.
Seema Sueko, Director
Seema Sueko grew up in Honolulu, with a Pakistani father and a Japanese American mother. Conversations about the arts, politics and community wove through her upbringing, stitching the tapestry of her core belief: theater is transformative and can contribute to building successful communities when we intentionally activate this art form for the public benefit. Now based in the Washington, D.C. region, Seema directs stage, film, consensus organizing and R&D projects and productions for theaters, think tanks, and the greater good.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St NW, Washington, United States
USD 10.00 to USD 20.00