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Article | June 6, 2016

Special Two-Night-Run of Anna Deavere Smith’s “Notes from the Field”


You know her from films (Philadelphia, Rent) and TV (West Wing, Nurse Jackie). You may know the hard-hitting plays she has written (Twilight: Los Angeles, Let Me Down Easy). But do you know that renowned playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith is going to present excerpts from Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, here at Grace, for just two performances on June 10 and 11?

This, her latest play, examines how inadequate schools and worse opportunities stack the decks against poor young people and feed the school-to-prison pipeline.

The play sold out its run at Berkeley Rep Theatre last year, and we feel very lucky and honored that Anna, a cathedral trustee, is bringing the piece to San Francisco and performing it here in the intimate setting of the Chapel of Grace. You can get tickets here.

We’re making tickets especially affordable for young people; everyone age 30 and under gets in for $25. Not a regular theater-goer? This is the perfect opportunity to get your drama on. Since Anna is performing excerpts, the performance will be about 75 minutes, and both shows are perfectly timed to follow up with dinner or drinks. And we guarantee you will have plenty to talk about with your friends after this performance that critics describe as “ground-breaking” and “consumate artistry.”

We’re excited because “Notes from the Field” represents exactly the sort of cultural event that our mission and vision call us to present: art as a catalyst for social justice and a connection to God’s love and justice. 

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