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In the News
Actress, playwright, and teacher Anna Deavere Smith—as well known for her work on camera (Nurse Jackie, The West Wing) as she is for her searing, docu-style plays (Let Me Down Easy, Twilight: Los Angeles)—is bringing her latest experiment to the American Repertory Theater.
WBUR/Radio Boston: Anna Deavere Smith Challenges Audience Members To Talk To Each Other In New A.R.T. Production (August 5, 2016)
Writer, performer and professor Anna Deavere Smith says the U.S. is on the verge of a new civil rights movement. And, she says, the theater might help get people involved.
WGBH/Boston Public Radio: In Her New One-Act Play, Anna Deavere Smith Plumbs The 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline (July 26, 2016)
While no one on the campaign trail has yet to take on education and our incarceration crisis in a substantive way, actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith has.
The Takeaway speaks with Anna Deavere Smith about race and America. Smith says coming together is what's most necessary in these moments of pain.
Town and Country Magazine: Anna Deavere Smith's New Play Is a Searing Examination of Racism (July 8, 2016)
Notes From the Field is a heartbreaking examination of race and the criminal justice system from the award-winning actress and playwright.
Vaidya founded the Peacock Institute for Social Transformation — known as Brouhaha — in 2014. Classes, which are purposefully intimate with only 8-10 students, have focused on stand-up comedy with a social justice angle, storytelling and other areas.
When this theater season in Boston and Cambridge draws to a close, I am confident that the current World Premiere of Eve Ensler's "In The Body Of The World," being presented by the A.R.T. at the Loeb, will continue to be talked about as one of the most impactful works of art. It is simply stunning in every aspect.
Ensler's performance is engaging and without a shred of artifice as she obliterates the fourth wall and addresses the audience in an intimate, conversational style.
Playwright/actress Eve Ensler relates how she lost her personal connection to her body early in life, and tried to get it back – through anorexia, promiscuity and (this gets a laugh) performance art.