Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. Front Cover. Anna Deavere Smith. Anchor Books/Doubleday, – Drama – pages. : Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities ( ): Anna Deavere Smith, Anna Deavere Smith: Books. Fires in the Mirror has ratings and 50 reviews. Cat said: This play made me fall in love with Anna Deavere Smith. Fires in the Mirror focuses on th.

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Davis is the activist and intellectual whose deavete “Rope” discusses the need for a new way of viewing race relations. The play also provides many contradictory descriptions of the violence that resulted from these emotions, which helps flesh out the truth of the historical events.

Not only do African Americans win Muhammed’s prize for competitive suffering, but “we are the chosen… the Jews are masquerading in our garments.

Anonymous Young Man 2: Why doesn’t she write books that document hate crimes against African Americans in a similar manner? Fires in the Mirror dramatizes those emotions, and tempers them, with an eloquent, dispassionate voice.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. A “playwright, poet, novelist,” Ntozake Shange is a profound abstract thinker. White author and founding editor of Ms. It is like a soccer game with the ball being kicked around until it gets into the goal. In addition to working as a manager in the music industry with singers including James BrownSharpton began a career in community activism.

Bernstein’s words, the “circle of confusion” at the center of the racial tension. This car accident sparked a riot between the Hasidic Jewish community and the Black community because both communities felt betrayed and they also associated this with racism and their pass Anna Deaveree Smith’s goal for this book was to get the inside story from both the black community and the Jewish community.

Yet, Jewish people were are more easily able to assimilate in American society because of their skin color. Next, Rivkah Siegal discusses the common Lubavitch practice of wearing a wig.

Smith attended Beaver College, outside of Philadelphia, from toand after graduating she became interested in the Black Power movement, moving to San Franciscoin part to participate in social and political agitation. Tensions between Jews and blacks in the Crown Heights neighborhood had been running high because of the perception among Lubavitchers that there was a great deal of black anti-Semitism, and because of the perception among blacks that there was a great deal of white racism and that Lubavitchers enjoyed preferential treatment from the police.


To further persuade Nielsen-baked couch potatoes that theater can be as popular as cable TV or network sitcoms, the presenters are almost invariably movie and television stars, some of whom may have actually once acted on stage. After enjoying marked success in his private education, Jeffries worked and studied in Europe and Africa and then took a position as professor of African American studies at the City University of New York. Although this was definitely meant to be staged as opposed to read, it’s still worth discovering as a reader since subtleties of character are explored and in some cases explained or defended, in relation to the writer’s choices as based on the real people who are characters are based off of.

Early on in the play, therefore, Smith throws into doubt the idea that identity is a unique series of individual traits that do not change based on one’s surroundings or relationships to other people.

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Gavin Cato’s father, Mr. Rich” neither The New York Times critic nor his theater columnist wife, Alex Witchel, showed much appreciation for her performance. The events of August revealed that Crown Heights was possessed: Definitely worth the read. Er, okay, so I didn’t read all of it exactly.

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Achievements” that Smith’s play is one of “the most interesting works being produced in New York. Don’t think I would have read this if it were not for a class requirement. They are also something of an midror, considering how few serious plays actually open on Broadway each season.

From the many perspectives in Smith’s play, the reader is able to piece together a representative variety of emotions that blacks and Lubavitcher Jews felt toward each mirgor. Smith implies that a central motif of the play, searching for an image of an individual’s identity, is comparable to seeing in a mirror a burning flame that consumes any notion of the complex, interrelated, historically aware conception of what identity really is. Smith interviewed Caribbean and Hasidic residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn shortly after the tragedy of August Feb 16, Dylan Suher rated it liked it.


The play is written out in verse. Just reading the annx here, however, didn’t do much for me.

Malamud blames black community leaders for instigating the riots and blames the police for letting them get out of control. May 02, Katie rated it liked it. The daughter of an elementary school principal and a coffee merchant, she was the oldest of five children. The “rage” that Richard Green describes, and which Davis would suggest comes from centuries of racial oppression, “has to be vented” somehow, and since blacks see their mirrir as completely separate from the Lubavitcher identity, they are able to direct all of their anger at Lubavitcher Jews.

Open Preview See a Problem? In an article in TDR: Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. The rioting died down by August 23, but tensions between blacks and Lubavitchers remained high.

As these events were unfolding, Anna Deavere Smith began a series of interviews with many of those involved in the conflict as well as those who were able to make key insights into its nature, its causes, and its results. Empathy goes beyond sympathy. Fires in the Mirror is part of a series to be called On the Deaverre Richard Schechner, however, was among those who discussed Smith’s stylistic prowess as a writer and performer.

New York City mayor David Dinkins visited Crown Heights to urge peace, but was silenced by insults and by objects thrown at him. The many diverse perspectives are attempts to reduce, in Professor Aaron M.

This creative form of journalistic drama, which Smith developed herself, allows her as writer and actor to vividly express the people involved in the themes and events of her subject. Fires in the Mirror encompasses all of these characteristics.

Was the former head of the department. A Lubavitcher rabbi and a spokesperson in the Lubavitch community, Rabbi Spielman maintains that Jews share no blame whatsoever in the Crown Heights seavere riots.