Anna Deavere Smith

Twilight: Los Angeles

About the Production

With the recent passing of Rodney King and in the 20th anniversary year of the Los Angeles riots, Great Performances brings Anna Deavere Smith’s remarkable dramatic work back to public television viewers across America when it presents an encore presentation of Marc Levin’s film adaptation of Twilight: Los Angeles, Friday, June 29 at 10 p.m. […]

Let Me Down Easy

Full Episode

Originally presented at Long Wharf Theatre, the play by and starring Anna Deveare Smith received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre. The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC, launching a national tour that concluded […]

Let Me Down Easy

Interview with Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith talks about the process by which her play Let Me Down Easy was created. Called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body. Anna Deavere Smith’s latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on Friday, January 13 at 9 […]

Let Me Down Easy

Preview the Play

Anna Deavere Smith’s latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Originally presented at Long Wharf Theatre, the play received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre. The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater […]

Production Announcement

Conceived, written and performed by Smith, the production – exploring the health care system and the way our bodies carry us through life – marks the actress, playwright, and author’s third play on PBS, to air on Great Performances 2011-2012.