Notes From The Field
Anna Deavere Smith
'JUST LISTEN, IF YOU WOULD, TO HOW SHE LISTENS… SHE CREATES A DIALOGUE OUT OF MONOLOGUES AMONG SOULS WHO, IN REAL LIFE, MIGHT NEVER HAVE OCCASION TO SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER.'
New York Times
'ABSORBING AND WONDERFULLY ENERGISING. ANNA DEAVERE SMITH IS INVALUABLE'
New York Magazine
One of the most hailed and provocative theatre artists of our time, the award-winning Anna Deavere Smith returns to the Royal Court Theatre’s stage for her first London appearance in over 25 years, with her Obie-Award-winning Notes From the Field.
Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in America’s school-to-prison pipeline, this powerful solo performance shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes underprivileged minority communities out of the classroom and into incarceration.
Best known for her role in The West Wing, playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity. In 2012 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama who praised her for her talent to ‘open up minds and nourish souls, and help us understand what it means to be human’.
‘ANNA DEAVERE SMITH GIVES A BRAVURA PERFORMANCE. ONE OF HER MOST AMBITIOUS AND POWERFUL WORKS.’
'AUDACIOUS AND MIND-OPENING'
★ ★ ★ ★
Time Out New York