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Let Me Down Easy - 2009 - Off-Broadway

$60-$74

"The most exciting individual in American theatre" (Newsweek) 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.

Schedule

Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Second Stage Theatre

(New York, NY)
307 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue)
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018
Blackberry Smoke's new acoustic version of “Medicate My Mind” is premiering today. Stream/share HERE and watch the song's video HERE. The track comes from the band's new EP, The Southern Ground Sessions, which will be released October 26 and is now available for pre-order.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
This October, Brittany K. Allen will star in the world premiere of her play Redwood at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. In Redwood, a young Black woman's relationship with her white boyfriend is thrown into turmoil when her uncle's exploration of their family's lineage reveals that her ancestors were enslaved by her boyfriend's ancestors. Guided by a hip-hop dance class chorus, this singular American story is about finding a way to live and love in a present that's overpopulated with ghosts.
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2019
On this day, we celebrate the birthday of playwright, activist, actor, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 18, 2018
On this day, we celebrate the birthday of playwright, activist, actor, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2019
Epic Theatre Company begins its eighth season this September with Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities which will kick off a season that concludes a three-year examination of power in America.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018
Show-only tickets to Second Stage Theater's Fall Benefit Honoring Harvey Fierstein are now on sale to the general public.  Hosted by Michael Urie, the benefit will take place on Monday, November 12 at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street).  The evening will feature performances and appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Rosie O'Donnell, Annaleigh Ashford, Keala Settle, Wayne Brady, Christopher Sieber, Michael Urie, Marissa Jaret Winokur, as well as Shoshana Bean, J. Harrison Ghee, Bianca Del Rio, and Gino Emnes.  To purchase tickets, please go to: https://2st.com/support-us/events/fall-benefit.
by Walter McBride - Oct 27, 2019
In September, BroadwayWorld was saddened to report that opera singer Jessye Norman had died. Today we remember her by taking a look back in our photo archives.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2018
After a record breaking Australian tour, selling over 50,000 tickets, Gang Of Youths have their sights set on the U.S. The Sydney band will hit U.S. shores next week, kicking off their tour in Nashville and making stops in NYC, Boston, DC, Chicago, and more. A full rundown can be found below.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2018
No Resolution is singer / songwriter / musician Michal Towber's eighth studio album, and her first partnership/collaboration with guitarist/saxophonist AR.  The album was co-produced by Towber and Kazim Zaidi, and recorded in his home studio in Freehold, NJ.  It was mixed by Dae Bennett and mastered by David Kowalski. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018
Last night, Renee Taylor won the annual The United Solo Special Award, which recognizes artists who have made significant recent contributions to solo theatre during the year, for her critically acclaimed autobiographical comedy MY LIFE ON A DIET. Along with Ms. Taylor, this year's nominees included Derek DelGaudio (In & Of Itself), Alison S. M. Kobayashi (Say Something Bunny!), John Lithgow (Stories By Heart), Chita Rivera (An Evening with Chita Rivera) and Bruce Springsteen (Springsteen on Broadway).
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director), an award-winning company presenting Shakespeare alongside other classic and contemporary drama at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Downtown Brooklyn, is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season-the 39th since its founding in 1979.
by Krista Garver - May 30, 2019
LET ME DOWN EASY is a series of 20 monologues about life, health, sickness, and death. It's one of the best shows of the year.
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018
Portland Playhouse is thrilled to announce that Profile Theatre will present two plays in rep in its newly renovated North Portland theatre during the 2018-19 Season. The Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre will also take up a one week residency in the space during the spring of 2019.
by Krista Garver - May 17, 2019
'Why do some people become well and others don't?' This is the question at the center of Lisa Kron's funny, inventive WELL, now playing at Profile Theatre.
by TV News Desk - May 10, 2018
2017 and 2018 have been stellar years for Gold Coast singer/songwriter Amy Shark and the celebrations are far from over after it was announced today that she has taken out the top prize in the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition with 'Adore'.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2018
Schimmel Center will present Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith's Obie Award-winning solo performance, Notes From the Field, for one weekend only on Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in preparation for a two week run at the Royal Court in London. The production is directed by Leonard Foglia and features original music composed and performed by bassist Marcus Shelby who joins Ms. Smith on stage.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2018
Country singer-songwriter Billy Currington will play the Peace Center on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., with special guest Drake White.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2019
One of the most acclaimed and provocative theatre artists of our time, Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith (Let Me Down Easy; "Nurse Jackie"), shares her "most ambitious and powerful work to date" (Variety). Incredibly timely and moving, Notes from the Field depicts the personal accounts of individuals caught in America's school-to-prison pipeline as they navigate inequities in their communities.
by TV News Desk - Mar 23, 2018
Blackberry Smoke's new song “I'll Keep Ramblin'” featuring Robert Randolph recently premiered at Relix. Of the song, lead singer Charlie Starr describes it's, “high-gear, jump-blues/gospel.” Listen/share HERE.  
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018
Second Stage Theater has announced that Tony Award winner BLAIR BROWN will join the previously announced EMMA GEER, TATIANA MASLANY and SUSAN POURFAR in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2020
As the country comes together to voice their dissent against countless injustices against Black Americans, ZACH Theatre announces the online release of its 2019 critically-acclaimed production Notes From The Field, a play by Anna Deavere Smith about racial inequity.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2018
Schimmel Center will present Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith's Obie Award-winning solo performance, Notes From the Field, for one weekend only on Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Today, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in preparation for a two week run at the Royal Court in London. The production is directed by Leonard Foglia and features original music composed and performed by bassist Marcus Shelby who joins Ms. Smith on stage.
by Sarah Hookey - Jun 13, 2019
Epic Theatre Company is announcing its biggest season ever. The incredible eighth season is made up of twelve unique and breathtaking titles, including a partnership with the Academy Players that will bring two musicals to Epic's audience for the very first time.
by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2018
Acclaimed American rock band Blackberry Smoke will release The Southern Ground Sessions EP on October 26. Created as an accompaniment to their acclaimed new album, Find A Light, the 6-song EP was recorded live at Southern Ground studio in Nashville, TN and features acoustic versions of five album tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty's “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires. In advance of the release, “Run Away From It All” is premiering today. Stream/share HERE and watch the song's video HERE. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2018
Second Stage Theater has announced complete casting for the world premiere of GREG PIERCE's play, Cardinal, directed by KATE WHORISKEY.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019
Theatre for a New Audience presents About Alice, the world premiere of a new play by Calvin Trillin, inspired by his 2007 memoir of the same name. The production, directed by Leonard Foglia, plays January 8-February 3, 2019 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn). 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018
Houston Grand Opera presents Bernstein's West Side Story (April 20 - May 6), Bellini's Norma (April 27 - May 11), and return of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (May 17, 19, 20) at HGO Resilience Theater World's first mariachi opera returns after New York triumph Houston, January 29, 2018 - Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the first major American opera house production of Leonard Bernstein ' s landmark musical West Side Story, April 20 - May 6, and Bellini's vocal powerhouse Norma, April 27 - May 11, in the HGO Resil i ence Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019
Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 26th season with "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," written by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Paige Hernandez. Anna Deavere Smith's stunning play explores the people who experienced the Los Angeles riots and the devastating human impact of that event. From nine months of interviews with more than 200 people, Smith chose voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil, all portrayed by one actress in a tour-de-force performance. A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, "Twilight" ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018
Blackberry Smoke's anticipated new album, Find A Light, will be released April 6 on Thirty Tigers and is now available for pre-order.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019
ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the cast for the regional premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's critically acclaimed play Notes From the Field, running February 27 - March 31, 2019 in The Kleberg.  Not performed since the 2016 Off-Broadway Production, Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley will treat Austin audiences to another Texas premiere directing acclaimed writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith's latest work, Notes From the Field, a provocative, revelatory play that explores the lives of students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America's school-to-prison pipeline.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that EMMA GEER will join the previously announced TATIANA MASLANY and SUSAN POURFAR in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
On Saturday, April 18 Berkeley Repertory Theatre celebrates the transformative power of theatre at OVATION, the organization's annual gala. The evening signals a new era of artistic excellence under the leadership of Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer and Managing Director Susie Medak. This year, OVATION also celebrates two extraordinary changemakers who are making an impact on stage and in the community a?" artist Anna Deavere Smith and Berkeley-based pioneer Peet's Coffee. Berkeley Rep's only fundraising event of the year, OVATION aims to raise $900,000 to support the Theatre's productions, new play program, and School of Theatre. The event will take place at 6:00PM at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that SUSAN POURFAR will join the previously announced TATIANA MASLANY in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2018
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that Emmy Award Winner TATIANA MASLANY, star of the hit BBC America series, "Orphan Black," will appear in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.
by TV News Desk - Feb 16, 2018
Blackberry Smoke's new song “Best Seat In The House” premiered yesterday at Yahoo! Music. Of the song, lead singer Charlie Starr comments, “That song is sort of a sarcastic complaint...we all want what we ain't got. It's not enough to get in, people want front row…”
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018
Innsbrook After Hours announced that it will host Fitz and the Tantrums and X Ambassadors on Friday, June 8th at the SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion in Richmond. Tickets go on-sale this Saturday, February 17th at 10:00 AM.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018
Theatre for a New Audience presents About Alice, the world premiere of a new play by Calvin Trillin, inspired by his 2007 memoir of the same name. The production, directed by Leonard Foglia, plays January 8-February 3, 2019 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn). 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
Epic Theatre Company begins its eighth season this September with Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities which will kick off a season that concludes a three-year examination of power in America.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018
Blackberry Smoke will extend their nationwide tour this summer with a series of special co-headlining dates with JJ Grey & Mofro including stops at Charlottesville's Sprint Pavilion, Asheville's ExploreAsheville.com Arena, Milwaukee's Pabst Theater and Cincinnati's PNC Pavilion at Riverbend among many others. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, April 13 at 10:00am local time. See below for complete details.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2020
Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the statewide shelter in place mandate, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is moving its annual OVATION gala online. The OVATION gala premieres today at https://app.mobilecause.com/e/LYFpiQ?vid=6myzh
by TV News Desk - Apr 4, 2018
Blackberry Smoke's highly anticipated new album, Find A Light, is now streaming in full exclusively at Billboard, who describes it as having “a wide stylistic range from heavy rock to gentle balladry and twangy country…” Listen HERE.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018
ZACH Theatre, Central Texas' premier professional theatre, announces a 2018-19 season filled with rafter-raising musicals, riveting contemporary dramas, and inventively produced new work that will entertain, inspire, and spark dialogue. ZACH is expanding its' commitment to incubate and produce new musicals and plays this season and in the coming years, in addition to premiering award-winning contemporary plays and musicals straight from New York. ZACH's involvement in the development of major new works allows Central Texans to witness exciting projects before they hit Broadway stages and launch at theatres across the nation.
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2018
A huge thanks goes out to the 3,296 songwriters worldwide who entered 4,056 songs in this year's Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, collectively contributing nearly $203,000 to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) via their entry fees. This year marks the most successful result yet since the competition's start in 2009, pushing all-time funds raised past $1 million dollars.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2019
After a limited five-week engagement with thousands of patrons participating in community conversations as part of ZACH Theatre's production of Anna Deveare Smith's Notes From the Field, ZACH is proud to take the conversation beyond the stage. Theatre, in this case, has opened dialogue and can be used to affect positive change. In partnership with the various Austin Community Leaders, ZACH will remount Notes From the Field for a special one-night-only performance including opening remarks by Mayor Steve Adler. Allowing for more in-depth conversations, the breakout sessions during the production will be extended with a reception and mixer to follow the show.  
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2019
After a limited five-week engagement with thousands of patrons participating in community conversations as part of ZACH Theatre's production of Anna Deveare Smith's Notes From the Field, ZACH is proud to take the conversation beyond the stage. Theatre, in this case, has opened dialogue and can be used to affect positive change. In partnership with the various Austin Community Leaders, ZACH remounted Notes From the Field for a special one-night-only performance including opening remarks by Mayor Steve Adler. Allowing for more in-depth conversations, the breakout sessions during the production will be extended with a reception and mixer to follow the show.  
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2018
Blackberry Smoke's acclaimed new album, Find A Light, is the best-selling Country and Americana/Folk album in the country this week with over 16,000 in equivalent album sold. Based on Billboard's multi-metric consumption-which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA) -the record enters at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the BillboardAmericana/Folk Albums.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018
At a time when our nation is wrestling with tough questions about immigration, Houston Grand Opera is bringing back its bilingual production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna / To Cross the Face of the Moon, a moving story that chronicles the joys and struggles of three generations of a family divided between countries and cultures through the rich melodies of mariachi. HGO presents three special performances on May 17, 19, and 20 in the HGO Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Composed by Jose 'Pepe' Martinez with libretto by Leonard Foglia and known as the world's first mariachi opera, Cruzar has been performed to audiences around the world, including in New York City in January 2018. HGO's production will feature the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos. Tickets for these productions at the HGO Resilience Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center are available at HGO.org. Parking is available at the Avenida North Garage located at 1815 Rusk Street, across from Resilience Theater. A sky bridge connects the parking garage to the GRB, and clear signage directs patrons to the theater. More information about parking can be found here.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020
Olympic Theatre Arts has announced that its next production, A Facility for Living will not open on May 1st as planned. It is also anticipated that the last play of the season Let Me Down Easy will be cancelled.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced additional casting for the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE.