Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education with Anna Deavere Smith


Saturday, August 20, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day)


American Repertory Theater, Cambridge

The Ash Center is proud to cosponsor Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education -- created, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith.

Urgent and inspiring, Notes from the Field outlines the civil rights crisis currently erupting at the intersection between America’s education system and its mass incarceration epidemic. In Act I, Anna Deavere Smith introduces the students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America’s "school-to-prison pipeline” through her trademark portrait performances.

A leader in national conversations on race and justice, Smith (Fires in the MirrorTwilight: Los Angeles, 1992Let Me Down Easy; “Nurse Jackie”) now asks audiences to talk back. In the tradition of call and response, a second act before a final coda performance invites audiences to reflect on how we might begin to collectively move forward from difficult histories and devastating social policies.

Watch a PBS special on the production here, or listen to a WNYC interview with Anna Deavere Smith on theater and activism here.

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