One-Woman Show Let Me Down Easy Starring Anna Deavere Smith at Second Stage Theatre
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China's first all-female percussion group, the Red Poppy Ladies, reinterpret the beloved folk tale Mulan. The story of a legendary heroine who disguised herself as a man to take her father's place in battle was also turned into a famed Disney animated film in 1998. But the Red Poppy Ladies' version mixes kung fu with traditional drumming as a backdrop to this inspiring tale of courage and family loyalty. Famed for their appearance at the Beijing Olympics, these professionally-trained musicians have performed throughout the world. Learn More
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The best show I have seen all year! A.D. Smith
embodies her characters and is totally engaging;
you are teary and laughing all at the same time.
Forget about giving your friends a sweater for the holidays, instead, give them tickets to this fabulous show, it's not to be missed!!
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This was a terrific show. You'll see acting, storytelling, narration, and experience a dynamic connection between Ms. Smith and her audience. I'm finding myself still trying to tell my hubby about it a week after I saw it with a girl friend -- and...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Spectacular… The best theatrical experience this season.” -_New York Observer _
“Run – do not walk – to see this play! Watching Anna Deavere Smith on stage is magical. One minute you are laughing, the next you are crying. It is truly brilliant and stunning.” —The Today Show
“A continually engaging and engrossing collection of testimonials about life experienced at its extremes.”-The New York Times
See a trailer for Let Me Down Easy on YouTube, or learn more about the show at its website.
Conceived, written & performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie”, Twilight: Los Angeles, Fires in the Mirror) explores the power of the body, the price of health, and the resilience of the spirit. With Ms. Smith’s trademark journalistic precision,__ Let Me Down Easy __features first person accounts from a wide variety of sources, including Lance Armstrong and former Texas governor Ann Richards.
About Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith’s career covers mainstream culture as well as academia. Her work in the theater explores American character and our multifaceted national identity. She has won numerous awards, among them two Obies, two Tony nominations and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires In the Mirror. She is said to have created a new form of theater. Her work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. The New York Times called her “the ultimate impressionist, she does people’s souls.” Television shows include Presidio Med, The West Wing, The Practice, and the new Showtime television series Nurse Jackie. Films include The American President, Dave, The Human Stain, and Rachel Getting Married. She is the author of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Fires in the Mirror; and House Arrest. Her newest play is Let Me Down Easy. Her books include Talk To Me and Letters to A Young Artist. She has been awarded many honorary degrees, including those from The Juilliard School, Wesleyan University, Haverford College, Cooper Union, and Northwestern University. A professor at New York University, she is also founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, a center for artistic excellence addressing social change. She serves on the Boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the Aspen Institute.