Anna Deavere Smith in conversation at SigSpace

On May 13, 2020, Anna Deavere Smith joined Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital President Arthur Gianelli for a conversation hosted by Signature Theatre, as part of their online SigSpace Summit. Watch the video of their dialogue about Covid-19, public health, and the future of live arts. 

Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field

Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field will be available in print on May 21st, 2019.

In creating this, her latest play, Smith interviewed over two hundred and fifty people in the United States and abroad. Twenty of those individuals are rendered in the final published script; individuals who have lived and fought the system that pushes students of color out of the classroom and into prisons. (As Smith has put it: “Rich kids get mischief, poor kids get pathologized and incarcerated.”) Using people’s own words, culled from interviews and speeches, Smith introduces us to Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, who eulogized Freddie Gray; Niya Kenny, a high school student who confronted a violent police deputy; activist Bree Newsome, who took the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina State House grounds; and many others. Their voices bear powerful witness to a great iniquity of our time—and call us to action with their accounts of resistance and hope.

Notes from the Field is available for pre-order now at Penguin Random House. It will also be available as an e-book and an audiobook.

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