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Sunday, December 10 at 7:30 PM

Tickets starting at $30

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Anna Deavere Smith is perhaps best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie.

In addition to her work in television and film, Smith’s theater work has become an inspirational source for civil discourse. Following her interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates theater works in which she plays many characters – as many as 52 in one production – representing multiple points of view. When granted the prestigious MacArthur Award, her work was described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Her work has been celebrated simultaneously for its journalistic detail as well as its empathic treatment of the people she portrays. David Richard wrote in the New York Times that Anna Deavere Smith “is the ultimate impressionist. She does people’s souls.”

Through a short performance and interview, audiences will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary style theatre making.  Smith seeks to “discern the American character and to capture its politics.” Her insight into the social workings of our nation are filled with depth and wisdom. In her book Talk to Me: Travels in Media and Politics and in plays such as Fires in the Mirror, Ms. Smith unapologetically explores the character and their unique perspective. The discussion will focus on how she finds the authentic voice of the people she interviews and then creates on stage.  There will be a Q&A following the interview.

Presented by Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

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