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WHEN: Saturday, December 5: 7 pm; Sunday, December 6: 3 pm WHERE: Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD, 21202
Center Stage is hosting Anna Deavere Smith’s presentation of her new work of documentary theater, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter. The readings will be followed by facilitated small-group discussions of how to be part of the effort to change the school-to-prison pipeline.
The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project Anna Deavere Smith will be presenting new material, hot off the press, at Center Stage, to explore the “school to prison pipeline.” Along with a reading of this fresh material, much of which centers on Baltimore, she seeks to include you in the event, with an innovative approach to the traditional audience talk back.
The Pipeline Project delves into the cycle of suspension from school and incarceration prevalent among low-income minority youth. Poverty, violence, trauma, and school discipline policies send vulnerable children into the pipeline, disrupting their development and producing a destructive cycle that truncates futures. The Pipeline Project’s goals are to change how these children are viewed, to catalyze advocacy, convene civic stakeholders, foster transformative dialogue, and document the issues through research, performance, and media.
About Anna Deavere Smith Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith highlights issues of community, character, and diversity in America, crafting one-woman, multi-character plays about social issues. She goes into communities affected by a serious issue, identifying organizations and individuals who can speak best to the issue at hand. Smith transforms their stories into scripts and herself into an array of characters, while leveraging the stage’s ability to engage audiences around the issue itself.
Examples include: Twilight (1992), addressing the LA riots’ aftermath; and Let Me Down Easy (2008), examining US healthcare. Smith has received numerous awards for her work (Gish Prize, National Humanities Medal, MacArthur Fellowship); appears in television (Nurse Jackie, The West Wing) and films (Philadelphia, The American President); is an author (Letters to a Young Artist). She is a Professor at New York University in the department of Art and Public Policy.