Previews begin Jan. 27 for the New York premiere of Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People at Second Stage Theatre. Directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, the cast features Joshua Jackson ("Dawson's Creek," "The Affair") and Mahershala Ali ("House of Cards").
The Off-Broadway production will officially open Feb. 11 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre. Also included in the cast are Anne Son ("My Generation") and Tessa Thomson ("Selma").
Joshua Jackson and the Cast of Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People Meet the Press
"The quest for love, achievement and identity is universal, but what role does race play in the story of our lives?" ask press notes. "On the eve of Obama’s first election, four Harvard intellectuals find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics in this provocative and funny new play by Lydia R. Diamond."