If you missed the recent live performance of playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith at the Mount, you’re in luck: The college will screen Smith’s Notes from the Field on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 pm.
Smith uses her unique brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Notes from the Field, winner of an Obie Award and the 2017 Nortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, examines the “school to prison pipeline,” as well as injustice and inequality in low-income communities. The show has been praised by Time magazine, and has appeared both on Broadway and on HBO.
“If we want schools to be the intervention…we have to really support them more than we are now,” said Smith during her recent stage performance at the Mount. “And we have to be a lot more creative about what school is, and we have to have a lot more compassion. If we expect people to learn, we have to care about them, and we have to care about the teachers and the other people who go in there every day and try to make a difference.”
The screening is a companion piece to the college’s 9th Annual CARD conference, “Restorative Justice: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline,” which took place earlier this month. CARD is co-directed by professors Frances Spielhagen, Education, and Paul Schwartz, Psychology.