15. Fires in the Mirror

by Anna Deavere Smith

This is a eye-opening series of monologues performed live by Anna Deavere Smith in 1993. Like most New Yorkers, the 1991 Crown Heights riots both shocked and perpexed her. In these 20 or so monologues, all of which she performs herself, she manages to channel a diversity of voices of both sides of this conflict. It is not only important social commentary but a creative look at the culture gap between Black and Hassidic neighbors in Crown Heights.

I have ordered the live performance on video, which is certainly the best way to experience this thing.

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