Anna Deavere Smith

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Anna Deavere Smith
Speaker Series/Performance Event

March 23, 2013 Saturday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall

Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater.”

Anna Deavere Smith is an acclaimed playwright and performer who has created countless memorable characters on television, in film, and on stage. Featured on the television programs Nurse Jackie and The West Wing, Smith has also starred in several films, including The American President, Philadelphia and Dave.

Throughout the past 20 years, she has interviewed over 2,000 individuals for her series of solo theatrical works called On The Road: A Search for American Character, which has been described as “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie.” Without props, sets or costumes, she translates her interviews into performances that represent the vast diversity, race and cultural identity of both legendary and everyday people.

She has earned numerous honors, including the prestigious MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, two Obie awards, a Pulitzer Prize nomination and two Tony Award nominations. She is best known for her plays about racial tension in American cities, Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles. An accomplished author and current professor, Smith will demonstrate the skills and knowledge of her craft with a performance that mesmerizes and enlightens! Visit for more information.

Ticket prices: $43–$45. Reserved Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pick-up at the Will Call window.

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