Anna Deavere Smith, best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie, will appear in a one-night only event hosted by Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Through a short performance and interview, audiences will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary style theater making. The discussion, led by Producer in Residence Kristin Clippard, will focus on how she finds the authentic voice of the people she interviews and then creates on stage.There will be a Q&A following the interview.
Crafted using her unique method, Smith's theater works seek to "discern the American character and to capture its politics." Following her interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates performances in which she plays many characters - as many as 52 in one production - representing multiple points of view. When granted the prestigious MacArthur Award, her work was described as "a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie." Her work has been celebrated simultaneously for its journalistic detail as well as its empathic treatment of the people she portrays. David Richard wrote in the New York Times that Anna Deavere Smith "is the ultimate impressionist. She does people's souls."
Sunday, December 10 at 7:30 PM, Universal Orlando Foundation Theatre (at the Orlando Repertory Theatre). Loch Haven Park, 1001 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803
Individual Tickets - starting at $35
VIP Passes - $100 Priority
seats include a private reception with Anna Deavere Smith after the performance at 9:15 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.
DISCOUNTS (May not be combined with any other offers)
Group Sales: 20% off groups of 10+
Student: seats available starting at $20 w/ valid ID
An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith is presented by Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.