Anna Deavere Smith brings play to public TV
"Fires in the Mirror" -- the Obie Award-winning one-woman play in which Baltimore-born actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith portrays a score of real-life characters from the 1991 Crown Heights riots -- will be broadcast on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67) at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Directed for television by George C. Wolfe, the newly named producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Fires in the Mirror" was originally produced in 1992 in a limited two-week run that was subsequently extended for three sold-out months. Smith, who teaches drama at Stanford University, conducted more than 100 interviews before compiling this tour-de-force presentation, in which her cast of characters ranges from the Rev. Al Sharpton to a Hasidic housewife.
@ "The Well Hung Man" and "The Hung Up Lady," a pair of multimedia, movement-oriented one-person shows by Christopher Eaves and Theresa Francomacaro, respectively, will be performed at Towson State University's Lida Lee Tall Auditorium Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m.
Conceived as companion pieces, "The Well Hung Man" is about a voyeur, and "The Hung Up Lady" is about the multiple roles women play in today's society. Eaves and Francomacaro are TSU alums based in New York, where they are artistic directors of Cherub Productions, a company specializing in interdisciplinary performances that explore social issues. Tickets to the double-bill are $10. For more information, call (410) 830-3883.
J. Wynn Rousuck