Monday, April 12, 2010

Anna Deavere-Smith at NYU-AD

Anna Deavere-Smith is not only an accomplished actress and playwright, she also happens to teach at NYU. And while I was expecting only a talk about her work and influences (which we did get at the NYU-AD event), I was pleasantly surprised with more than half-an-hour of her performing her signature, pioneering style of "documentary theatre" live for all of us. Wow ... just wow. All of it was amazing, but my favorites were the impressions of the New Orleans doctor from her recent vignette series on healthcare, and the one of the imam from the series about grace. Not only were her impressions of very diverse characters supremely convincing, the material being acted out was poignant. So not to be missed!

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