Second Stage Theatre presents acclaimed solo artist Anna Deavere Smith's new documentary show about people impacted by America’s school-to-prison pipeline. More…
'Notes from the Field' depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in our country's school-to-prison pipeline. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Smith's solo show shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 200 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and, ultimately, change.
See it if you are interested in racism, incarceration, and education. Problems and solutions are presented. ADS transforms into many characters.
Don't see it if you want a show with a plot. NFTF explores issues from different angles, but is not a traditional play. A few characters went on too long.
See it if You want to learn about disadvantaged people in our society. You want to see the world through their eyes. You want to open your own eyes.
Don't see it if You are not interested in watching Ms. Smith present a serious documentary in which she plays all the characters.
See it if Bravura performance by Deaver Smith highlights the devastating chain from subpar education to crime to jail met by men & women of color
Don't see it if Very downbeat despite respites of humor & optimism; a dulling sameness settles in notwithstanding Deaver Smith's brillance
See it if you're a Smith fan & have admired her past works and talent to create multiple characters, enjoy relevant, hot topic theater
Don't see it if One person shows are not your thing, you're not interested in the issue of how blacks and minorities are treated by the justice system
See it if you're interested in one-person shows, plays that comment on true events, or are interested in issues of race and social injustice.
Don't see it if you're looking for escapist theatre. This show is grounded in harsh realism and pulls no punches. It's an important work of art.
See it if You're interested in topical works that tackle the issues of race and education, and/or have enjoyed Anna Deavere Smith's previous work.
Don't see it if You're not interested in listening to nonfiction interviews being acted out in a one-woman play, no matter how remarkable.
See it if You are open to hear about the problems the country faces about race relations and the education system.;Anna Deavere Smith plays 19 charac
Don't see it if You do not like feeling lectured to and have made up your mind about the prison v education problem; Dislike watching the Freddie Grey case
See it if you're interested in raising awareness of our social justice system, ethnic minorities and the need for a more effective education system.
Don't see it if you don't want to see the dynamic ADS portray diverse characterizations of courage and great humanity during the worst of times.
See it if you are a fan of Anna Deavere Smith or are interested in superbly reenacted testimonials from real-life events about the black struggle.
Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or are not interested in racial issues.
See it if you want to experience an exquisitely acted theater piece that documents the relationship between education and the penal system. Important.
Don't see it if Must see.
Also Anna Deavere Smith is genius.
See it if Anna Deveare Smith brings the pain, the tenderness, the philosophy of real people involved in the struggle for equality and visibility to...
Don't see it if ...light as an unflinching and contemporary series of conversations. You know the material - she introduces you to its effects. Superb.
See it if You have never seen ADS (if you have, you will go without fail), you like spectacular acting, or an interest in education good and bad.
Don't see it if You seek only amusement, and don't care why or how so many people end up in prison.
See it if you have any interest in justice/are interested in voices of color/are not afraid to be confronted with the challenges facing America
Don't see it if you do not want politics in your theatre/you prefer to keep your blinders on
See it if you care about the future of a fair and just society, want to have your heart and mind challenged, love great writing and acting.
Don't see it if you want fluff and happy endings, only care about yourself.
See it if You want to leave the theater shaken, in a good way--by the performance, and the message that the performance delivers.
Don't see it if You want to remain apathetic, and pretend that we live in a world where everyone is equal, and has the same opportunities. It shook me.
See it if you want to see a one-woman show that address real-life difficult topics in a meaningful way, inspiring both rage and hope.
Don't see it if you are the kind of person that responds to the Black Lives Matter movement by saying All Lives Matter.
See it if thoughtful, insightful, portrayal of 17 different characters by the incomparable and smart Anna Devere Smith. Inspired to help education
Don't see it if one woman shows on a tough topic. - poor education link to incarceration. uses actual disturbing news footage to introduce characters
See it if you want to see Master Craftsperson Anna Deavere Smith show how education goes hand-in-hand with the rise in prison terms/systems.
Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows. Or don't want to see racial equality. Or rather see HAMILTON.
See it if you want to explore one of the most important issues facing modern America with a woman who singlehandedly invented a new brand of theatre.
Don't see it if you absolutely must have a full cast of actors, don't want to think about systemic racism, or don't enjoy call-and-response.
See it if You like one-woman shows with very up-to-date, relevant information. You like to follow the news events along controversial racial events.
Don't see it if You don't want to be confronted by racial controversy. You don't like one-woman shows.
See it if you want an insight into the circumstances of many underprivileged and their "start" towards incarceration. Great acting-multiple characters
Don't see it if You don't care about this country;s systemic problems
See it if You want a new perspective on the education to prison pipeline. Also, if you've never see Anna Deavere Smith, this is one of her best.
Don't see it if You are not open to changing your opinion on poverty, race relations, police brutality, education, or the prison system.