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 like serious theater that challenges you to think about your world. Or want to see virtuosic acting from an amazing researcher/performer
Don't see it if you don't like theater to deliver political/social issue messaging. Or if you don't like one-person shows.
See it if you haven't seen one of Smith's shows before or if you want to see verbatim interviews that will leave you an emotional wreck.
Don't see it if you don't want to be left upset or disillusioned by America's education and policing policies or if you want a light and happy show.
See it if you want to see magnificent acting where one woman takes on numerous real people with some gut wrenching video spliced in.
Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy. Or if one woman shows aren't for you. Or if you're the kind of person who hates the news.
See it if your moved by political, thought provoking left leaning theatre that requires concentration and focus.
Don't see it if Your interested in a traditional narrative theatre performance or a breezy theatrical experience that is easy to digest .
See it if you know A D Smith's style of exploration of contemporary issues though interview driven, impersonations. Key to current race/prison issues
Don't see it if you are not into "political" theater or desire plot-driven traditional stagings.
See it if You want to see a one woman show actually worth seeing, & for an educated, first-hand assessment of social issues in the United States
Don't see it if You're not interested in social issues, or have no interest watching a fantastic one woman show.
See it if You enjoy Anna Deavere Smith's style of empathy-producing theater, you want to see theater tropes used with remarkable success
Don't see it if Really, just see it, but content note that it includes videos of police brutality
See it if You're aware of the educational imbalance that helps create an underclass of citizens that exist in a predetermined societal trajectory.
Don't see it if You can't accept the intense revelations related to the reality associated with people of color.
See it if You're interested in the world. Never heavy handed, the artist allows you to make the connections between race, prisons, education yourself
Don't see it if You want light sit-com sort of entertainment.
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