Anna Deavere Smith Hopes to Inspire With ‘Notes From the Field’ and New Shonda Rhimes Series (Exclusive)

In her celebrated work as an actress, author, playwright and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith has made empathy an art form — never more so than in the documentary theater she has crafted to address vexing social issues and events, such as the early ‘90s riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, respectively the subjects of Smith’s Fires In the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

For her latest play, Notes From the Field, Smith once again did extensive research to bring a troubling phenomenon — the school-to-prison pipeline that has led to the mass incarcerat…

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