She is a force to be reckoned with. Whether on the stage, in the classroom or on television, actress, professor and activist, Anna Deavere Smith continues to impress her audience with every performance. Hailed as one of the most provocative theatre artists of our time, she leads a new installation of powerful first person storytelling in Notes from the Field.
Urgent and inspiring, it depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America's school-to-prison pipeline. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Notes from the Field shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 200 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of the documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and ultimately, change for the better.She definitely delivers in her latest one person show project.
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 in NYC at the Second Street Theater, Anna Deavere Smith appeared along with director, Leonard Foglia and musician, Marcus Shelby. Notes From The Field is a poignant and timely production and is performed by Anna Deavere Smith. It is a one-woman show with music provided by Marcus Shelby (who sometimes appears on stage playing the Cello). Anna portrays various characters (female and male) and discusses topical subjects relating to injustices, police brutality, incarcerations and more. Some characters portrayed include - John Lewis, Pastor Jamal Bryant (who performed the eulogy at Freddie Gray's funeral), Niya Kenny (who videotaped the officer in South Carolina who flipped over the chair with the student in it) etc.
Opening Night is November 2nd, and the show is currently doing preview performances.