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Join us and your colleagues for what promises to be an incredible evening exploring one of the key issues facing California through the lens of one of our most important artists. In her latest presentation, Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education, Anna Deavere Smith turns her attention to “the school-to-prison pipeline,” which, by pushing children out of the classroom into the criminal justice system, has created a lost generation of youth from poor communities. Her new piece delves into this issue through performance of striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 100 individuals in northern California and elsewhere in the nation, affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies—capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. Anna is joined on stage by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby.
In the second act of the show you become the performer through dynamic conversations and become active agents of change. Anna believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference.
Following the performance there will be a reception and Anna has been invited to join us.
Anna Deavere Smith Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith garnered a 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Obama and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations.. In act one, Anna performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation. Act two…involves you! Anna invites the audience to engage in dynamic conversations and be active agents of change. With the compelling and inspiring Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education, Anna Deavere Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference. garnered a 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Obama and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations – from racial tension with law enforcement (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the production through video interviews, pictures, and more at Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education.
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm Pre-performance noshing: For those interested we will gather at neaby restaurant prior to the performance.
7 pm- 9 pm Notes From The Field Performance
9 pm -10 pm Post-program reception (Anna Deavere Smith invited)
Open to NCG & BAJFN Members Only (NCG members please register above and BAJFN members contact NCG Registrar)