Tuesday, March 8, 7:00pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
Free, Tickets required (Limit 2)
Playwright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Newsweek declared her “the most exciting individual in American theatre.”
Best known for crafting one-woman shows based on conversations with real people from all walks of life, Smith turns her interviews into scripts, transforming herself into an astonishing number of characters. For her multi-character plays about American social issues, Smith has been awarded the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts, as well as the National Humanities Medal. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.”
This event is sponsored by the Baldwin Scholars program, as part of the Jean Fox O’Barr Distinguished Speaker series, and co-sponsored by the Muglia Family, Theater Studies, Women’s Studies, HDRL-West, and the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture.