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Let Me Down Easy - 2009 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

$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.

Running Time:

1 hour and 35 minutes

Second Stage Theatre


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by Tori Hartshorn - 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 Stephi Wild - 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 A.A. Cristi - Sep 18, 2018
On this day, we celebrate the birthday of playwright, activist, actor, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith.
by A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 Team BWW - Oct 13, 2021
Each week, we'll be highlighting the top virtual show programs from BroadwayWorld's Stage Mag! Want to create a Stage Mag for you own show? To get started on your own program, visit https://stagemag.broadwayworld.com. This week's Stage Mags include Men On Boats - Thunder River Theatre Company, The NeverEnding Story - Children's Theatre of Charleston, Let Me Down Easy - Connecticut College Department of Theater, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Oak Park High School Pavilion.
by Tori Hartshorn - 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 Stage Tube - Nov 23, 2020
Kelly Clarkson and her band Y'all perform a classic cover of 'Let Me Down Easy ' by Billy Currington in the latest Kellyoke.
by Tori Hartshorn - 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 Julie Musbach - 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 Julie Musbach - 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 Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2021
On May 24, 2020, 7:00-8:00 pm ET, the 92nd Street Y will host a virtual gala to honor exceptional individuals and celebrate the many ways in which donor support has transformed 92Y during the pandemic, enabling them to serve their local and global communities like never before.
by Stephi Wild - May 5, 2022
New York Stage and Film returns July 9-August 7 for five weeks of in-person programming in Poughkeepsie for their 2022 Summer Season.  For 38 years, NYSAF has operated as a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that continue across the country and around the world.  All tickets are $25 and go on sale June 1.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022
New York Stage and Film, will return July 9-August 7 for five weeks of in-person programming in Poughkeepsie for their 2022 Summer Season. 
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2021
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has announced new artists joining those previously announced at its virtual Spring Celebration to be held live on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 7:30PM. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022
Second Stage Theater has announced casting for the upcoming world premiere production of 53% OF. The production will feature ANNA CRIVELLI, EDEN MALYN, MARIANNA McCLELLAN, GRACE REX, CATHRYN WAKE, and AYANA WORKMAN.
by A.A. Cristi - 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 Macon Prickett - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - Jun 3, 2021
Portland Center Stage released a statement today from Stacey Caldwell Roberts, incoming board chair; Cynthia Fuhrman, managing director, and Marissa Wolf, artistic director:
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2021
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the national awardees of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which was held virtually in convenings for each discipline that began on March 8, 2021 and continued through May 22, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2022
Second Stage Theater has announced two new productions for its upcoming 2022-23 Season. Tony Award-nominee Bess Wohl will return to the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) this Fall with the New York premiere of CAMP SIEGFRIED. Spring 2023 will see the Broadway premiere of Larissa FastHorse's THE THANKSGIVING PLAY,
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2022
A new, five-person version of an award-winning docudrama by longtime A.R.T. collaborator Anna Deavere Smith and the North American premiere of a new adaptation of Chaucer’s tale The Wife of Bath that celebrates community and the human knack for telling tales were announced today as additions to the 2022/23 programming lineup at A.R.T.
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 1, 2022
On Monday, June 6th, Second Stage Theater will host the Fair Chance Job Fair. Fair Chance Hiring means that employers refrain from including questions about conviction history in the application process before a job offer is made. 
by Macon Prickett - 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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 18, 2022
Second Stage Theater has announced that Laura DiLorenzo, who was serving as the organization’s Director of Marketing & Communications, has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer.
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 A.A. Cristi - 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 Julie Musbach - 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 Stephi Wild - 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 Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2021
The Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) today launched Stories of Human Resilience - a groundbreaking video project with Emmy and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, actress, author, journalist, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. In 2019, Smith was named the Council's first-ever Artist-in-Residence.
by Julie Musbach - 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 TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2021
The album will be released via Joe Bonamassa’s independent blues label KTBA Records. It was produced and recorded by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
by Julie Musbach - 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 Stephi Wild - 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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced that the company’s 30th Anniversary Annual Gala: Three Decades Together, One Future for Us All will take place virtually on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Signature Theatre will present the inaugural Signature Outstanding Artist Award to Resident Playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022
Second Stage Theater has announced that Deeksha Gaur has joined the Company’s Board of Directors as a Trustee. Additionally, the Board is announcing the appointment of Janet Lynne Knopf, who joined the Board as a Trustee during the pandemic shutdown.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2022
LOVE ALL, a new play by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Marc Bruni will explore the life and career of the legendary Billie Jean King. 
by A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 Stephi Wild - 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 Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2022
RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY, Ventura's non-profit professional theatre company, opens the company's 2022-2023 Season on April 29 with an exclusive engagement of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 by Anna Deveare Smith.

Let Me Down Easy Frequently Asked Questions

What productions of Let Me Down Easy have their been?
Let Me Down Easy has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2009.

What awards has Let Me Down Easy been nominated for?
Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Anna Deavere SmithOutstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Anna Deavere Smith and Outstanding Solo Show (The Lortels) for Second Stage Theatre.

What productions of Let Me Down Easy have there been?
Let Me Down Easy has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2009.