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Second Stage theatre's production ofLet me down easy

DEC 31, 2010 – FEB 13, 2011

conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
directed by Leonard Foglia

in the Kreeger Theater


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Called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Anna Deavere Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) explores the power of the body, the price of health and the resilience of the spirit. Based on interviews with an eclectic range of people, from a heavyweight boxer to a former supermodel, and from Texas Governor Ann Richards to legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, Let Me Down Easy “is a totally vital piece of theater, mixing a standup comic’s instincts with a great reporter’s keen eye” (Variety).

Let Me Down Easy is performed without an intermission and runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Watch Anna Deveare Smith on the PBS NewsHour.


"Engaging ... Ardently alive."
"Smith is so accomplished at shape-shifting that you can admire what she attempts here from a purely technical angle."
"The physical detail she can weave into a snapshot impression remains immensely satisfying."

– The Washington Post

“Four stars! Electrifying.
“Spellbinding … Smith is an uncanny mimic.”

– Washingtonian

Exceptional … touching. A tour-de-force performance.”
“Smith is a marvel of versatility and engagement.”

– Baltimore Sun

Brilliant … an experience of fascinating observations.”
“Riveting .. there are moments of true humor.”

– We Love DC

“Astonishing … a triumph.”
“Commanding … full of energy … very funny.”

– Brightest Young Things

"Masterful ... Heartfelt."
"Her quicksilver qualities and
keen listening skills are beautifully utilized..."

– DC THEatre Scene

“A continually engaging and engrossing
collection of testimonials.” – The New York Times

The best theatrical experience this season.”- New York Observer

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American Voices

Anna Deavere Smith

“An audience brings a myriad of experiences and feelings into the theater. I think of the event as a potential chemical mix. If they respond to the characters, new doors will open inside of them. I hope that they leave thinking about what we all need to do to enhance our spiritual and physical wellness.”