Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy concluded its amazing regular run last weekend (the encore performances start up August 11 on our intimate Thrust Stage), and we had some community leaders in the audience: the Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw (Dean of Grace Cathedral), as well as the former Dean Alan Jones.
Dr. Shaw found the show so inspiring that she even preached about it the next morning, comparing Anna Deavere Smith's process to that of a parable: neither tells you exactly what to think or what the "right" answer is.
Says Dr. Shaw: "Anna Deavere Smith does not tell us what to think about the healthcare system; she gives us stories to startle us into thinking in new ways about it -- and thus about life and health and death. Through our experience of the play, she prompts us to think and feel differently, as all good art does, about something we thought we already knew."
She goes on to say, "I related not simply to one of Anna Deavere Smith’s twenty characters in the play last night; I found myself finding parts of each of them understand-able, and parts of each of them strange, in ways that prompted me to think anew about health, living, dying. It was in that way that the play changed me, and will go on changing me."
We're really thrilled that discussions of the issues raised in Let Me Down Easy are taking place outside the Theatre--out in our communities. If you've had similar discussions in your community, let us know!
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