Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education was created, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith; music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby; directed by Leonard Foglia.
Anna Deavere Smith. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Urgent and inspiring, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education outlines the civil rights crisis currently erupting at the intersection between America’s education system and its mass incarceration epidemic. In act one, Anna Deavere Smith introduces the students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison “pipeline” as they experience in their wider communities the inequities of poverty, lack of opportunity, and over-aggressive policing. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 250 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of the documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and ultimately, change for the better.
A leader in national conversations on race and justice, Smith (Fires in the Mirror; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Let Me Down Easy; Nurse Jackie) now asks audiences to talk back. In the tradition of call and response, a second act before a final coda performance invites audiences to reflect on how we might begin to collectively move forward from difficult histories and devastating social policies.
Second Stage Theatre’s New York Premiere production of Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, the latest work created, written and performed by groundbreaking theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith with music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby and directed by Leonard Foglia, will open on November 2, 2016 at the Tony Kiser Theatre at 305 West 43rd Street, New York (previews began on October 15th). One of the most hailed and provocative theatre artists of our time, Anna Deavere Smith, leads a new installation of powerful first-person storytelling in Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education. —source Second Stage Theatre
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