2014 Gardner Lecture with Anna Deavere Smith
"Health Care: The Human Story"
January 15, 2014
For her one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, Anna Deavere Smith interviewed patients, doctors, and administrators for countless hours to expose the complexities of the American Health Care system. People everywhere shared with Smith their stories in their own words, and from it she came away with a unique perspective on what is happening in health care today. In this lecture/performance, her subjects' hearts and humanity will take center stage.
Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, teacher, playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. She has won two Obie Awards, two Tony nominations for her play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, a MacArthur Fellowship, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play Fires in the Mirror. In January 2013, she was awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded for the arts. She has had roles in numerous films, including Philadelphia, An American President, and The Human Stain, and has worked in television on The Practice, Nurse Jackie, and The West Wing. Smith is the founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue and is a Professor of Performance Studies at New York University.