Fires in the Mirror: Brooklyn, Crown Heights, and Other Identities

March 12 – 14, 1993

Alternate Title Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Anna Deavere Smith captures the shades of meaning behind the spoken words of 29 African American and Jewish men and women interviewed in 1991 following the disturbances in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in this critically acclaimed one-woman show.

Miss Smith questions our vocabulary on race and identity negotiating cultural differences at every turn and swinging the door wide open to new paths of communication. By imprinting the words of Crown Heights residents side by side with those of well-known religious, political, literary, and civil rights figures (including Reverend Al Sharpton; Norman Rosenbaum, brother of Yankel Rosenbaum; Carmel Cato, father of Gavin Cato; Crown Heights resident Roz Malamud; City College professor Leonard Jeffries; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of "Deborah, Golda, and Me"; Playwright Ntozake Shange; and Rabbi Shea Hecht), she paints a compelling picture of today's alienated urban America and creates an opportunity for diverse audiences to see exactly how it is that we do not hear each others' voices.

A discussion with Anna Deavere Smith will be held immediately following each performance with the exception of the Saturday matinee.

Post-performance Panel Discussion Sunday March 14: Moderators: Sheryl McCarthy, Columinst, New York Newsday; Charles Inniss, Vice President, Urban Affairs, Brooklyn Union Gas and 651 Board Member. Panelists: Richard Green, Executive Director, Crown Heights Youth Collective; Rabbi Shea Hecht, Co-Chair, Crown Heights Coalition; Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President, Medgar Evers College, Co-Chair, Crown Heights Coalition; Ann Levi Julian, National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education; T.J. Moses & Yudi Simon, Members, Dr. Laz and the Cure (a biracial rap group building bridges between young men in the black and Hasidic communitiies in Crown Heights).
Identifier 1993s.01258
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
author/playwrightAnna Deavere Smith
company651 ARTS
costume designerCandice Donnelly
dramaturgThulani Davis
lighting designerJohn Ambersone
producer executiveMikki Shepard, Leonard Goines
production managerLiz Diamond
stage managerRichard Hollabaugh