Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Dramatists Play Service Inc, – Drama – pages. Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Anchor Books/Doubleday, – Drama – pages. Mar 4, Written by Anna Deavere and performed by Philicia Saunders, Fires in the Mirror explores race, identity in the aftermath of the Crown Heights.

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Author, orator, activist and scholar. Fires in the Mirror is a postmodern play. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. She is an astonishing impersonator of men and women, blacks and Jews alike; though there is humor in her mastery of dialect and body language, it never seems forced or condescending as she inhabits each character.

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Wolfe and starred Anna Deavere Smith herself. The play is written out in verse. This adaptation condenses some monologues and drops others entirely. Days of rioting ensued, exposing to national scrutiny the depth of the racial divisions in Crown Heights. It is considered a pioneering example of the genre known as verbatim theatre.


Crown Heights resident, an African American young man in his late teens or early twenties. New York, New York: Retrieved from ” https: It is a series of monologues excerpted from interviews.

In the original production, there deavrre no real physical set and limited props and costumes.

The play is a series of monologues attained from interviews Anna Deavere Smith did with people involved in the Crown Heights crisis. Black and white photographs were displayed behind Smith as she moves from one monologue and character to the next.

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Fires in the Mirror

Throughout most of her performance she was dressed in black pants and white shirt and was barefoot. Smith interviewed leading politicians, writers, musicians, religious leaders, and intellectuals together with residents of Crown Heights and participants deeavere the disturbances to craft the monologues smitu her play.

A film of the play was adapted under the direction of George C. Smith presented a first workshop production of the play in December at George Wolfe’s Festival of New Voices [2]. In the days that followed, Crown Heights, long a tinderbox of tension between the two groups, exploded, as each side accused the other of prejudice, benefiting from special treatment, and murder.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Wolfe have made significant changes, but the effect is the same: Fires deavre the Mirror: Many of the monologues have a musical accompaniment. Also by Anna Deavere Smith. Lubavitcher youth and member of project CURE, 17 years old at the time of the rioting and worked as an assistant chaplain at Kings County Hospital.

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By showing many different points of view and opinions on the issue of the riot, the play highlights that there are not just two sides, divided by race, but rather many different individual attitudes, emotions, and opinions. Jan 21, Pages Buy. Anonymous Young Man 1: Sep 01, Pages. She slightly changed her appearance and mannerisms for each character. There are a total of 29 monologues in Fires in the Mirror and each one focuses on a character’s opinion and point of view of the events and issues surrounding the crisis.