UPDATE: Due to predicted snow, this event has been rescheduled for April 25, 2018 (from March 21).
The College of New Jersey is hosting “An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith” on April 25, 2018 at 4pm. Acclaimed actress, playwright, and professor, Anna Deavere Smith, will discuss and perform excerpts from her documentary, theater, and film work in which she transforms the words of ordinary people into dramatic monologue. Her lecture will address TCNJ’s campus theme “Who We Are,” connecting her research and dramatic work exploring the school-to-prison pipeline, identity, and social justice. Smith’s acclaimed one-woman show “Notes from the Field” premiered on HBO on February 24, 2018.
Smith is known for her examination of race relations, having written and performed “Fires in the Mirror,” a raw view of those affected by the Crown Heights riots of 1991, and “Twilight: Los Angeles,” which tackled the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Along the way, she’s earned two Obies, a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” and several Tony nominations, while also teaching at Stanford and NYU. She also has appeared on The West Wing and HBO’s Life Support. Her most recent book is Letters to a Young Artist: Straight Up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts, and she is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, a group that brings together artists to make works about social change.
This event is free and open to the public at Kendall Hall Main Stage Theater located on the TCNJ Campus – 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628.