An Interview with
Anna Deavere Smith
Kevin L. Fuller and Andrea Armstrong
|Anna Deavere Smith is an actress,
a playwright, and an associate professor of drama at Stanford University.
Her acclaimed one-woman play, Fires in the Mirror. Crown Heights, Brooklyn
and Other Identities, is part of her ongoing series of performance
pieces entitled "On the Road: A Search for American Character." These
are composed of verbatim excerpts from interviews conducted by Smith of
people both famous and obscure. She is particularly interested in how changing
opinions about race and gender affect the American identity; her work reflects
this concern by presenting voices from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds.
Smith's newest piece, about the unrest in Los Angeles, Twilight, Los Angeles 1992, premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in June 1993. It is scheduled to open in New York in the spring of 1994.