Notes from the Field
‘For 40 years, I have been creating plays out of fragments of conversations with diverse groups of people from all over the country. When I was a girl, my paternal grandfather and I used to spend hours talking. He said, “If you say a word often enough it becomes you”.’ Anna Deavere Smith
One of the most hailed and provocative theatre artists of our time, the award-winning Anna Deavere Smith returns to the Royal Court Theatre’s stage for her first London appearance in over 25 years, with her Obie-Award-winning Notes From the Field.
Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in the USA’s school-to-prison pipeline, this powerful solo performance shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes underprivileged minority communities out of the classroom and into incarceration.
Best known for her role in The West Wing, playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity. In 2012 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama who praised her for her talent to ‘open up minds and nourish souls, and help us understand what it means to be human’.
Presented by LIFT and The Royal Court Theatre with support from Jordan Roth. Produced in partnership with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann. Part of The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, produced by Anna Deavere Smith.
Notes From the Field was originally produced at the American Repertory Theater, MA (Diane Paulus, Artistic Director, Diane Quinn, Executive Director and Diane Borger, Producer). New York Premiere produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, 2016 (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director). Image: Evgenia Eliseeva
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