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Second Stage - Tony Kiser Theatre
305 West 43rd St. New York, NY 10036
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"Let Me Down Easy"
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5 stars
attended Dec 08 2009

Absolutely brilliant; we've seen all her work and this piece was loaded with the complex tragicomedy of everyday life that Anna Deavere Smith always has the guts and talent to offer us.

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attended Dec 12 2009

One of the best nights of theater ever. A tour de force...NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!

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attended Dec 30 2009

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

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Second Stage Theatre

Director Carole Rothman and actress Robyn Goodman founded Second Stage Theatre in 1979 to give ‘second stagings’ to contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs. Since then, Second Stage has evolved from a small theatre into an Off-Broadway institution dedicated to developing plays, artists and audiences.

Second Stage Theatre gives new life to contemporary American plays through ‘second stagings;’ provides emerging authors with their Off-Broadway debuts; and produces world premieres by America’s most respected playwrights. Through both the production of new plays and long-term residencies that focus on artistic process rather than product, artists find a supportive environment in which to try new roles, production designs and writing techniques. Audiences are an essential factor in program development at Second Stage Theatre, which is nationally known for its dedication to building future audiences by educating teens about the art of contemporary theatre and encouraging their participation in the cultural life of New York City.

For nearly three decades, Second Stage Theatre productions have launched the successful careers of numerous directors, actors, playwrights and artists, many of whom regularly return to work at Second Stage. The company’s mission also has expanded to the commissioning of a body of multigenerational plays; the creation of a training base for young directors and a home base for mid-career directors; and the development of educational projects that are integrated with the ongoing artistic work at the theatre.