Note: this essay, for the perfonnance analysis working group of the firt/lffr con- ference (1995), focused on the video of fires in rhe mirror, which is a produced-for- television version of anna deavere smith's one-woman live performance i have also seen the performance live, and refer to that occasion and other. Fires in the mirror, deservedly a finalist for this year's pulitzer prize for drama, is unforgettable theater it makes for television that's every bit as memorable february 20, 2018 | full review jeremy gerard variety top critic view all critic reviews (1. Fires in the mirror: crown heights, brooklyn and other identities is a one-person play by american playwright, author, actress, and professor anna deavere smith it chronicles the viewpoints of people from two different communities, black and jewish, connected directly and indirectly to the crown heights riot which. August 1991 crown heights brooklyn a car in a rabbi's motorcade goes out of control and kills a black boy in retaliation, a jewish student is slain by blacks riots and upheaval shake both communities, and new york itself anna deavere smith's fires in the mirror explores race, identity and the aftermath of the crown. Houghton — this weekend, keweenaw residents will be revisiting a time when the country was divided by racial tension, that reached boiling points on a national level michigan tech's theater company is presenting its rendition of “ fires in the mirror,” a play by anna deavere smith. Somewhat surprisingly, this expert in games and game design says a one- person play written by the legendary anna deavere smith called fires in the mirror: crown heights, brooklyn and other identities is her favorite book the play, which is structured as a series of monologues, chronicles the story of. Jennifer mendenhall and chrystal bates in city theater's production of fires in the mirror by anna deavere smith photo: suellen fitzsimmons are we to take anna deavere smith's productions on their referential vector, as referring to racial tension in crown heights and south central, or solipsistically as instances of the. Fires in the mirror: crown heights, brooklyn and other identities, by anna deavere smith,is a four-act play that deals with the tension between the black and jewish communities in brooklyn and with the crown heights riots that took place in august 1991 each act is named after the theme it represents in the first act, titled.
Fires in the mirror was originally written and performed as a one woman show by anna deavere smith throughout the show she explored the racial and religious riots that occurred in 1991 in crown heights, brooklyn, between the lubavitcher and black communities smith interviewed those associated with the events and. Fires in the mirror is a play created and performed by anna deavere smith based on the out- break of racial violence in the crown heights neighborhood of brooklyn, new york in 1991 a seven-year-old african american child was killed by a car in the entourage of the local hasidic religious leader and, in apparent. In this audio slideshow, tufts university actors discuss their experiences interpreting roles of the play fires in the mirror written by acclaimed actress. Written by anna deveare smith directed and designed by jesse freedmanperformed by amber godfrey performances: -new yiddish rep, nyc feb 2010 -jewish theater workshop, baltimore, jan 2010 -limmud uk, coventry uk, dec 2009 a special production of fires in the mirror, for jewish communities who share.
Ethnography is when you take real life interviews and experiences and utilize theater conventions to create a unique piece of theater here is my example of the work you did yesterday (the laramie project and fires in the mirror are modern examples) this type of theater is also referred to as documentary theatre. Fires in the mirror is one gifted artist's breathtaking response to a tragedy that tore new york apart in the summer of 1991 in adapting her show for tv, anna deveare smith and director george c wolfe have made significant changes, but the effect is the same: a profoundly moving performance that at. Fires in the mirror crown heights, brooklyn and other identities by anna deavere smith directed by valerie hilton musical scores and performance by kobi visual effects designed by jennifer hilton lighting designed by robb macomber sound designed by michael siering special sound consultants al needham. Derived from interviews with a wide range of people who experienced or observed new york's 1991 crown heights racial riots, fires.
Revolving around the riots that occurred after two killings, this play takes a searing look at the misunderstandings of, and sympathies between, two cultures living in the community of crown heights, brooklyn, new york fires in the mirror is, quite simply, the most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and. Anna deavere smith's script, taken verbatim from the words of her interviewees, holds up a mirror to a community's reaction to tragedies. The tufts university department of drama and dance is presenting six performances of “fires in the mirror,” written by acclaimed actress, author, and playwright anna deavere smith directed by bridget o'leary, “fires in the mirror” is an exploration of racial and cultural identity told verbatim through the.