Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Dramatists Play Service Inc, – Drama – pages. Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Anchor Books/Doubleday, – Drama – pages. Mar 4, Written by Anna Deavere and performed by Philicia Saunders, Fires in the Mirror explores race, identity in the aftermath of the Crown Heights.

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There are a total of 29 hte in Fires in the Mirror and each one focuses on a character’s opinion and point of view of the events and issues surrounding the crisis. Smith tries to emulate through the use of lines, ellipses, and other notation, exactly how things were said in each interview.

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Physicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The accident and the delayed response of emergency medical personnel sparked protests during which a Jewish student visiting from Australia was stabbed on the street by a group of black smmith.

Welcome back to Tune In: Fires in the Mirror is composed of monologues taken directly from transcripts of interviews that Smith conducted with all the people depicted in the play.

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Views Read Edit View history. Sep 01, Pages Buy. This adds emphasis to the fact that this play is very immediate and real. She is mirrof astonishing impersonator of men and women, blacks and Jews alike; though there is humor in her mastery of dialect and body language, it never seems forced or condescending as she inhabits each character.


Please fill out this field with valid email address. Fires in the Mirror encompasses all of these characteristics. No cleanup reason has been specified. In the original production, there was no real physical set and limited props and costumes.

Fires in the Mirror is staged as a one-person play. Smith provides information as to where each interview was done, including the settings and environment, other people that were near, and when the interviews took place.

Fires in the Mirror Wed. It is a hybrid of theater and journalism. The themes include the ideas of personal identity, differences in physical appearance, differences in race, and the feelings toward the riot incidents. Black and white photographs were displayed behind Smith as she moves from one monologue and character to the next. The music is meant to pair with the author’s background or the essence of each monologue.

It was produced by Cherie Fortis and filmed by “American Playhouse”. Retrieved from ” https: Wolfe smth added some documentary material, including news footage from the events in Crown Heights, and a vibrant soundtrack mixing an original score that combines elements of klezmer and free jazz with the street sounds of Crown Heights.

Lubavitcher mirfor and member of project CURE, 17 years old at the time of the rioting and worked as an assistant chaplain at Kings County Hospital. The play is written out in verse.

Many of the monologues have a musical accompaniment. Anonymous Young Man 1: It chronicles the viewpoints of people from two different communities, Black and Jewish, connected yhe and indirectly to the Crown Heights riot which occurred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in August By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Stay in Touch Sign up. There are a few quibbles: Smith presented a first workshop production of the play in December at George Wolfe’s Festival of New Voices [2].


August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Articles needing cleanup from August All pages needing cleanup Cleanup tagged articles without a reason field from August Wikipedia pages needing cleanup from August In performance, Smith becomes each character, talking to the invisible interviewer. Fires smkth the Mirror is a postmodern play.

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Throughout most of her performance she was dressed in black pants and white shirt and was barefoot. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Fires in the Mirror is a collection of multiple voices and points of view. Also by Anna Deavere Smith. Wolfe; writer, Smith, based on her play.

Anna Deaver Smith is an actor, a teacher, miror playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis.

She slightly changed mrror appearance and mannerisms for each character. The play is a series of monologues attained from interviews Anna Deavere Smith did with people involved in the Crown Heights crisis.

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