FIRES IN THE MIRROR – FTP

By | January 17, 2021

FIRES IN THE MIRROR by Anna Deavere Smith directed by Katrinah Carol Lewis performed by Jamar Jones

Fri March 26-Sun April 25, 2021

The full title of Anna Deavere Smith’s play is FIRES IN THE MIRROR: CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN AND OTHER IDENTITIES.

She wrote the play after the Crown Heights neighborhood erupted in three days of violent race riots in August, 1991. The riots were incited by the death of Gavin Cato, a seven year old Black boy who was the son of Guyanese immigrants. He was playing on the sidewalk near his apartment and was killed when one of the cars in Rebbe Menachem Schneerson’s motorcade jumped the curb. Schneerson was the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Jewish community. The violence quickly escalated and later that evening Yankel Rosenbaum, an Orthodox Jewish rabbinical student who was visiting from Austria, was murdered by a group of Black youths in retaliation for Cato’s death.

TIME Magazine was among the many news outlets that reported that the Crown Heights riots were “the worst episode of racial violence in New York City since 1968, after the death of Martin Luther King.”

FIRES IN THE MIRROR is constructed from twenty-six monologues that are verbatim interviews that Smith conducted with a range of subjects including Gavin Cato’s father, Yankel Rosenbaum\’s brother, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Aaron S. Bernstein (a physicist at M.I.T.). Smith performed all the roles in her one-person show when it premiered at The Public Theater (NYC) in 1992. Smith wrote, “My sense is that American character lives not in one place or the other, but in the gaps between the places, and in our struggle to be together in our differences.”

Firehouse will continue its practice of contactless theatre, with severely limited seating capacity of a maximum of 10 audience members at each performance, as well as other safety protocols, and select live-streamed performances.

FIRES IN THE MIRROR by Anna Deavere Smith

  • Performer: Jamar Jones
  • Production Team: Director – Katrinah Carol Lewis
  • Production Designer – Todd Labelle
  • Costume Designer – Margarette Joyner
  • Dialect Coach – Erica Hughes
  • Stage Manager – Emily Vial

Performance Schedule:

  • Fri, March 26 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, March 27 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, March 28 @ 3pm
  • Thu, April 8 @ 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 9 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, April 10 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 11 @ 3pm
  • Thu, April 15 @ 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 16 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, April 17 @ 7:30pm (live and live streamed)
  • Sun, April 18 @ 3pm (live and live streamed)
  • Thu, April 22 @ 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 23 @ 7:30pm (live and live streamed)
  • Sat, April 24 @ 7:30pm (live and live streamed)
  • Sun, April 25 @ 3pm

Tickets: $30 live / $25 live stream tickets for live performance at https://tix.firehousetheatre.org/e/fires-in-the-mirror/ tickets for live streamed performance at https://firehouse.booktix.com/

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