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  • Notes From The Field

    (USA)

    Anna Deavere Smith

    Royal Court Theatre

    'ANNA DEAVERE SMITH 'HELPS US UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN'

    President Barack Obama

    This event was part of LIFT 2018

    Best known for her role in The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, Anna Deavere Smith returned to the Royal Court Theatre in this powerful one-woman performance examining America’s poverty to prison pipeline.

    Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff, Notes From the Field is an arresting performance that shines light on a lost generation of American youth.

    With live music from bassist Marcus Shelby, the Obie Award-winning production exposes a justice system that pushes youth of colour living in poverty out of the classroom and into prison.

    Dates: Wed 13 – Sat 23 June 2018


    'HUMANE, INTELLIGENT — AND THEATRICALLY INCENDIARY.'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Times

    'SMITH’S BLISTERING PERFORMANCE IS NOTHING SHORT OF INCREDIBLE'

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Stage

    'A DEVASTATINGLY WELL RESEARCHED TAKEDOWN OF AMERICA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND THE CENTURIES OF INJUSTICE IT’S BUILT ON.'

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Time Out

    'ASTONISHING AND VISCERAL... A STANDOUT'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Guardian

    Interview with South Carolina Prison

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    Presented by LIFT and the Royal Court Theatre with support from Jordan Roth/Jujamcyn Theaters.
    Part of The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, produced by Anna Deavere Smith.
    Notes From the Field was originally produced at the American Repertory Theater, MA (Diane Paulus, Artistic Director, Diane Quinn, Executive Director and Diane Borger, Producer). New York Premiere produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, 2016 (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director).
    The Actor and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
    This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation. Image: Joan Marcus