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Anna Deavere Smith: Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity

Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Best known for crafting one-woman shows based on conversations with real people from all walks of life, Anna Deavere Smith turns her interviews into scripts, transforming herself into an astonishing number of characters. Her breakthrough plays, Fires in the Mirror and the Tony-nominated Twilight: Los Angeles, tackle issues of race and social inequality; 2009’s Let Me Down Easy examines healthcare and the resilience and vulnerability of the human body; and her most recent work, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, explores the cycle of suspension from school to incarceration prevalent in low-income communities. She is the recipient of the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. While doing research for her play Let Me Down Easy, Anna Deavere Smith interviewed people in the United States and abroad who demonstrated grace in the face of dramatic challenges.  “Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity” celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of kindness, the strength of imagination and hope. 

"The most exciting individual in American theater..." - Newsweek

 “...the American theater’s most dynamic and sophisticated oral historian…” – The New York Times


Support for this program is provided in part from an Erie Arts & Culture Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the annual Arts & Culture Campaign and the Erie Arts Endowment. This performance is also sponsored by WQLN and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The 2016-2017 season is sponsored by Cumulus Media.



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