About the Show
In 1991, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, an Hasidic man’s car jumped a curb, killing Gavin Cato, a seven-year-old Black child. Later, in what appears to have been an act of retaliation on the part of a faction of the black community, Yankel Rosenbaum, an Hasidic rabbinical student, was stabbed and killed. The ensuing riots that wracked Crown Heights’ previous atmosphere of tolerance for its divergent cultures made national headlines and pointed to the growing friction in racial and cultural relations across America.
Drawing verbatim from a series of over fifty interviews with Crown Heights’ residents, politicians, activists, religious leaders, gangs, street dwellers, victims, and perpetrators alike, Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror is a theatrical event distilling the lives and voices of twenty-six of the incident’s survivors into a visionary amalgam, the import of which touches upon every American regardless of race, color, or beliefs.
Presented in partnership with Baltimore Center Stage
Post show conversations after every performance:
Please join us after the performance for a brief post show conversation with members of the Long Wharf artistic staff and local guest artists.
Special post-show conversations:
Any ticket holder may attend a special post-show conversation regardless of their original ticket date. Feel free to arrive 2 hours after the original showtime to join the conversation!
JANUARY 30TH, 2022 at 2PM EST
Healing Communities Across Racial and Religious Divides: A Panel Discussion Led by Public Arts for Racial Justice Education.
FEBRUARY 4th, 2022 at 7PM EST
YALE CHINA DAY
Post-show conversation facilitated by members of Yale China
FEBRUARY 5th, 2022 at 7PM EST
Conversation with Rabbi Brian Immerman of Miskhan Israel Congregation
Anna Deavere Smithshe/her Playwright
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new form of theatre. In popular culture as an actress—Nurse Jackie, Blackish, Madame Secretary, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, others. Books: Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. Anna has created more than person shows based on hundreds of interviews. The best known of those are Fires in The Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles, and Let Me Down Easy. Fires and Twilight look at US race relations. The latter deals with health care. They were all performed in US regional theaters, and Twilight was on Broadway. Anna’s current project Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education, looks at what is now called the “school to prison pipeline”—disciplinary practices in schools in poor communities that increase the likelihood that those youths will spend part of their lives incarcerated. Three of her plays have been broadcast on PBS.
The National Endowment named her the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer for the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Prizes include the National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama, a MacArthur fellowship, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, and two Obies. Anna was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has received several honorary degrees. She is founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.
Cloteal L. Horneshe/her Performer
Cloteal L. Horne’s name aptly weaves together parts of her grandparents’ names. From mustering the courage to stand before witnesses onstage or screen, to being a raw nerve shining a light upon hidden parts of humanity, and architecting worlds that ignite the imagination towards transformation. She is committed to collaborative processes that illuminate humanity through the craft of storytelling.
Her work uproots classics and tethers itself to immersive ceremonies and rituals that center blackness and black femininity. Horne calls on both the sacred and profane to locate that small (sometimes quiet) place where healing happens. She dedicates her practice to community, honest liberation, and building more just and joyous futures. Blissfully standing on the shoulders of those that come before her, she is a product of her grandmother’s prayers + her ancestors’ wildest dreams. Glory be. MFA Acting – Brown University/Trinity Rep. BFA Theater Arts- Boston University.