Actress Anna Deavere Smith Is Montgomery Fellow

Image removed.Anna Deavere Smith (Photo courtesy of the Montgomery Fellows Program)

The Montgomery Fellows Program presents a conversation with actress, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 in Moore Hall’s Filene Auditorium. Smith will share a clip from her show Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, which examined the civil unrest following the Rodney King verdict and received critical acclaim on Broadway and in Los Angeles.

Smith received two Tony nominations for Twilight, as well as an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and numerous other honors. Smith has continued to perform both Twilight and Fires in the Mirror to critical acclaim at theaters across the country and as far away as Australia. Her 1997 performance of Twilight at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., drew an audience that included former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton as well as former Vice President Gore.

On Sept. 29, there will be a panel discussion with an on-stage interview: “So Now What? The Promise and Limitation of Art in the Age of Advanced Media,” with a faculty interviewer and a faculty panelist. The interview will be followed by Q&A session.

The Montgomery endowment, which invites exceptional individuals to the College to live, work, and share their perspectives as members of the community, was established in 1977 through a gift of Kenneth ’25 and Harle Montgomery.

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