NOW EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 1
FIRES IN THE MIRROR
CONCIEVED, WRITTEN, AND ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY ANNA DEAVERE SMITH
DIRECTED BY SAHEEM ALI
There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Following the deaths of a Black American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991, underlying racial tensions in the nestled community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Birthed from a series of interviews with over fifty members of the Jewish and Black communities, the Drama Desk award-winning work translated their voices verbatim, and in the process revolutionized the genre of documentary theatre. As much provocation as it is exploration, this landmark play launches Anna Deavere Smith’s Residency 1 at Signature and will be performed by actor Michael Benjamin Washington (The Boys in the Band).
On Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30pm Signature Theatre will host Spotlight on Anna Deavere Smith and Saheem Ali, the writer and director of Fires in the Mirror. Join us in the Signature Lobby for an intimate conversation between these two prolific artists. RSVP at signaturetheatre.org.
*$35 Single Tickets are available for all performances through November 24. $35 tickets are made available during the initial run of all season productions through the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access.