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In the News
When you listen to Anna Deavere Smith, you don't just hear Anna Deavere Smith. The renowned playwright and actor builds her scripts from transcribed interviews with dozens of real people.
'How Cruel That Hunger Binds,' is an artistic work that feels simultaneously big and small: It has a broad vision coupled with an intimate execution.
The school-to-prison pipeline. A country’s complex relationship with law enforcement. An educational system that too often deserves an “F.” These may be the lead topics from this morning’s talk shows and the headlines from today’s newspapers, but they’re also the recurring themes in Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education.
Boston Globe: In ‘Notes From the Field’ at ART, Anna Deavere Smith intends to educate and engage (August 18, 2016)
What if the talkback were truly part of the show itself, and not an epilogue? That’s the model Anna Deavere Smith works with in “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education,” a show that the actress/theater-maker seems to view more as an exercise in citizenship than simple, sit-and-applaud entertainment.
WGBH Open Studio: Cabaret, Anna Deavere Smith, Florence Foster Jenkins, & a Glass Blowing Couple (August 15, 2016)
Anna Deavere Smith talks about her latest one woman show.
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.