There are many interpretations of what happened. It’s Crown Heights, Brooklyn and it’s 1991, and it’s the heat of August, and it’s 8:20 on a summer night. People are on the street. There has been tension in this urban neighborhood for some time as the Jewish community that lives side by side with the African American community has been expanding its footprint, buying up property and changing... Read more
Fires in the Mirror
Signature Theatre kicks off it's 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with Fires in the Mirror, written by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Saheem Ali.
Performances are staged at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre within the Pershing Square Signature Center.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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What wins in a fight – you, the argument on the other side, or the truth? Following the deaths of an African-American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991, underlying racial tensions in the nestled community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. As much provocation as it is exploration, Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Birthed from a series of interviews with almost fifty members of the Jewish and Black communities, the Drama Desk award-winning work translated their voices verbatim, and in the process revolutionized the genre of documentary theatre.