Anna Deavere Smith’s Latest Show “Notes From The Field”: School-to-Prison Pipeline Illuminated

Hey fam!

O.M.G. I can’t believe I had the marvelous and unforgettable opportunity of interviewing Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Anna Deavere Smith. You probably know her for her screen roles on shows such as Black-ish, The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, and more. What you may not know is that she tears up the theatre stage as well.

What is Ms. Smith up to lately? Extremely important work! Known for using her talent to illuminate important social issues such as health care, this time, it’s the school-to-prison pipeline in her latest play entitled Notes From The Field. Ms. Smith did not simply shoot from the hip while penning this pivotal piece. She interviewed over 200 students, parents, teachers and administrators whose lives are touched by this issue. See the fruits of Ms. Smith’s research when the show opens November 2, 2017 at Second Stage Theatre. Visit to learn more about the show and how to purchase tickets. In the meantime, check out my interview with Ms. Smith in the video above.

Support this woman of color as she uses her public platform to bring light to this devastating trend occurring within our community! Don’t let her down. Don’t let our community down. Art with a purpose is exactly what our world needs.

mariana6 (1 of 1)-LSee you at the show,

Ayvaunn Penn



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