Anna Deavere Smith at The American Repertory Theatre this month

September 25th, 2008

I had the privilege last week to attend blogger night at The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Harvard Square.

Anna Deavere Smith, a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated writer, performer, and professor performed “LET ME DOWN EASY a play in evolution”.

Anna first caught my eye about a year ago, as I was traversing through TED videos. It was one of those videos that stuck (embedded below). I just had to jump on this opportunity to catch her play in-person. And it did not disappoint

The play spans ~2.5 hours, it’s a one-woman show, in which Anna does an absolutely amazing job of playing multiple, diverse characters, exploring the question “how do we pursue grace and kindness in a competitive and sometimes distressing world?” through her characters.

I recommend you check out this play.

Thank you Sooz for organizing the event!

About the Production:

Well known to A.R.T. audiences as the creator of Fires in the Mirror, Anna Deavere Smith is one of the most acclaimed and provocative writers and performers of our time. Her latest one-woman show, LET ME DOWN EASY a play in evolution, is a journey in search of human qualities that are too seldom in the news – compassion, generosity, and grace.

Channeling a dramatic range of interview subjects, from sports stars and philosophers to healthcare professionals and survivors of the Rwandan genocide, Anna Deavere Smith asks a question for our age: how do we pursue grace and kindness in a competitive and sometimes distressing world? Generous and powerful in its vision, LET ME DOWN EASY a play in evolution is a virtuosic exploration of the resourcefulness of the human spirit.

Anna at TED:


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