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Author: Anna Deavere Smith Narrator: Anna Deavere Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780593103517
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Anna Deavere Smith’s extraordinary form of documentary theater shines a light on injustices by portraying the real-life people who have experienced them. In Notes from the Field, she renders a host of figures who have lived and fought the system that pushes students of color out of the classroom and into prisons. (As Smith has put it: “Rich kids get mischief, poor kids get pathologized and incarcerated.”) Using people’s own words, culled from interviews and speeches, Smith depicts Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, who eulogized Freddie Gray; Niya Kenny, a high school student who confronted a violent police deputy; activist Bree Newsome, who took the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina State House grounds; and many others. Their voices bear powerful witness to a great iniquity of our time—and call us to action with their accounts of resistance and hope. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is captivating political theatre, a devastating document of racial inequality and the most rousing of rallying calls. Everyone should watch it. The Guardian
  • A tour de force. . . . A coruscating indictment of the school-to-prison pipeline. Financial Times
  • Invaluable. . . . Absorbing. . . . Dazzling. The New York Times
  • Deeply moving. . . . Dazzling stagecraft meets dazzling spectacle. . . . Magnificent. . . . Wonderful. Newsday
  • Moving. . . . Smith is an effective and supremely talented conduit. Los Angeles Times
  • Anna Deavere Smith has created one of her most ambitious and powerful works on how matters of race continue to divide and enslave the nation. Variety
  • Devastating. . . . Astonishing. . . . Unquestionably great theater. Vulture
  • Brilliant. . . . Anna Deavere Smith may be the most empathetic person in America. HuffPost
  • Stirring. . . . Powerful. . . . The scope is almost Shakespearean: the voices range from policy professionals to people on the street. If there’s an overarching thrust . . . it lies in the suggestion that the struggle for civil rights is ongoing: the legacy of segregation, its trauma too, endures and reasserts itself. The Telegraph (London)
  • [A] masterpiece. . . . Smith’s powerful style of living journalism uses the collective, cathartic nature of the theater to move us from despair toward hope. The Village Voice
  • Urgently timely. . . . Audacious and mind-opening. Time Out New York

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About the Author

Anna Deavere Smith has had a high-profile career as actor, teacher, and playwright. She has won two Obies, two Tony nominations, a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. She is currently director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue and is a professor at New York University.