Anna Deavere Smith

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I put together this five-minute sampler of work by the brilliant playwright/actress Anna Deavere Smith for a New Press event in her honor. The first half shows her playing multiple characters as they react to the LA riots of 1992, with eery resonance for today, e.g. an LAPD sergeant who laments the demise of the chokehold. There’s also a priceless clip of her impersonating Studs Terkel in front of Studs himself.

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