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Anna Deavere Smith is said to have created a new form of theater. She has won numerous awards, among them two Obies, two Tony nominations, a Drama Desk Award, the USA Susan V. Berresford Award from United States Artists, and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires In the Mirror. Her work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance.  She is founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, a nonprofit that convenes artists whose work addresses the world's most pressing problems. Television and movie credits include Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President and others. Honorary degrees include those from Juilliard, Northwestern and a Radcliffe Medal. She is a professor at New York University. Anna Deavere Smith web page

Founded in 1968, Berkeley Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of this country’s top-ranking professional resident theatre companies, known for its consistently high-quality productions. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, its national reputation draws theatre artists from around the country to work on a variety of productions from September through July.


Anna Deavere Smith discusses the creation and production of
Let Me Down Easy, at Berkeley Rep through July 10th, 2011,
and about her career as a playwright and actress. The
program was recorded on June 2, 2011
and aired a week later.

Program as aired on KPFA
heard on Cover to Cover, KPFA-FM,
Pacifica Radio Berkeley California
Thursday, June 9, 2011, 3 pm
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About the interviewer:

RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts "Bookwaves on Cover to Cover" heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. He also hosts occasional theatre interviews on "Open Book" on Fridays at 3 pm.

Other Berkeley Rep interviews:
Tony Taccone, March 2011 and March 2008
Indhu Rubasingham  November 2010
Les Waters, March 2010
Sharon Ott, May 2009
Delroy Lindo, November 2008

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