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Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

Created, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
July 11– August 2, 2015

The play

Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith garnered a 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Obama and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations – from racial tension with law enforcement (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy. Now she turns her attention to “the school-to-prison pipeline,” which, by pushing children out of the classroom into the criminal justice system, has created a lost generation of youth from poor communities. In act one, Anna performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation, affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies – capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. She will be joined by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby. Act two…involves you! Anna invites the audience to engage in dynamic conversations and be active agents of change. With the compelling and inspiring Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education, Anna Deavere Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference.

We expect this show to include one 15-minute intermission. We’ll update this information, and add running time, once we have confirmation.

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will post this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.

Current ticket prices
Premium: $77–89 · Section A: $63–73 · Section B: $50–60

Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. Weeknight tickets tend to cost less than weekends.

Berkeley Rep has committed to distributing Free Community Tickets for each performance of Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education. These tickets are available to Bay Area non-profit organizations and government agencies serving young people and individuals for whom cost might be a barrier. Applications are required and can be used by qualifying organizations or by individuals whom they serve.
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