Second Stage theatre's production ofLet me down easy
conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
directed by Leonard Foglia
AMBITIOUS AND FUNNY TOUR-DE-FORCE
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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"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.”
“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
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.”