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Anna Deavere Smith

After the News, the Solo Show: A Local San Francisco Murder Inspires an Artistic Response

Emil Guillermo | Posted 07.17.2014 | San Francisco
Emil Guillermo

I've been obsessed by my cousin Stephen's death since he was shot and killed in his South of Market apartment in San Francisco in May.

First Nighter: Joe Orton's Astute Loot, Matthew-Lee Erlbach's Probing Handbook

David Finkle | Posted 09.21.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Can it be that one of the funniest and one of the most anarchic comic writers of the 20th century, a true member of the exclusive Sui Generis Club, is already forgotten? Not at the Westport Country Playhouse, he isn't.

In Art We Trust

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
Anna Deavere Smith

Many of the artists I admire manage to get out in front of politics, even to get out in front of social activism, and pave the way for positive change. The "Artist As Seer" track suggests that sometimes-courageous artists are the ones who take the first steps in social progress.

Anna Deavere Smith On Creativity, Communicating And Connecting

Greg Archer | Posted 08.03.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Courtesy: YCBA In a world where 140 characters Tweet by us and Facebook updates seem to deaden the mind rather than expand it--in most cases--I fe...

Performance Is Not Just for Ballerinas, Divas and Leading Men

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
Anna Deavere Smith

The fundamental skill of an actor is that which allows him or her to empathize. I know: too saccharine, too preachy. But hold on. Don't wince. Empathy is intel. Empathy is 411. And it is 911. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

Amazing Grace

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The stories behind the fight against slavery, the struggle to secure women's equality, and the bitter battle for civil rights are reminders that all the virtues implied in that term grace are within reach.

5 Tips for Your Commencement 2.0

Mark Chimsky | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty
Mark Chimsky

We graduated from college with a diploma and a dream but not much certainty as to what path our lives would take or even who we'd become along the way. Most of us leapt before we looked and landed okay. So, why the dread over what I'll call "commencement 2.0"?

Words and Not Enough Words and Words Don't Say Enough

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts
Anna Deavere Smith

There are words and not enough words about the outbursts of violence in Wisconsin and Colorado. In the artistic realm, many of us strive to carve out, or even go as squatters into, a place where the search for meaning uses other resources than words.

8 Solo Performers To Watch

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home

Solo performance is a genre that encompasses a wide array of performances -- from stand-up comedy to campy magic shows, the only guideline is one perf...

Tell Us Where It Hurts: Anna Deavere Smith's One-Woman Show

Kevin O'Donnell | Posted 07.22.2012 | Arts
Kevin O'Donnell

Every nurse I talked to earlier in the day at a rally in downtown Chicago and before the show had a similar personal story to add to the Smith's Tell Us Where It Hurts show. Not one nurse thought either the U.S. health care system or the U.S. economy was working.

Nurse Jackie Just Gets Better and Better

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.05.2012 | TV
Jackie K. Cooper

If you haven't watched the first three seasons of Nurse Jackie you have been missing out on one of the best shows on cable.

Gains And Losses

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Anna Deavere Smith

When I conducted my research for my latest one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, I was concerned by images I saw of Black African people in distress in major U.S. publications. Were these photos engendering action, or merely pity or worst apathy?

My LA: Finding The City’s Beauty And Ugliness With Anna Deavere Smith

| Heather Wood Rudulph | Posted 09.24.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Anna Deavere Smith
 Current LA Gig: The New York writer/actress/director (and veteran of TV and film) is performing her latest one-woman sho...

Let Me Down Easy

Yazmany Arboleda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Yazmany Arboleda

At a time of debate around "death panels", Anna Deavere Smith brings to life a rich, diverse range of perspectives on how we live and die in America today.

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is Important Stage Documentary

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The intent behind these stage documentaries is to inform. Although billed as plays, these theatrical entries aren't that. They're news reports outfitted with theatrical accoutrements.

Why So Silent A Week After Statewide Education Protests?

Vincent Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Vincent Chandler

As I have listened to folks across California talk about the California State University's budget crisis, I have also witnessed waning media coverage and diminishing discourse. A little over a week has passed since the March 4th day of protest, and it just feels quieter.

Garrison Keillor Delights at the Black and White Moth Ball

Ariston Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ariston Anderson

The Moth has found a way to make storytelling vivid and alive, even for impatient New Yorkers.

Broadway Play Tackles Issues of Death

nytimes.com | Gina Kolata | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Ms. Smith, a tall, imposing woman, takes on the character of her subjects by repeating their exact words, complete with regional accents, ums and uhs ...

Science and the Arts to Meet Up Tonight in New York

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Levere

The worlds of science and the arts -- which don't frequently intersect -- will meet tonight in New York, at the opening gala of the World Science Festival.