Let Me Down Easy (TCG Edition)

Let Me Down Easy (TCG Edition)

by Anna Deavere Smith


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Compiled from dozens of interviews conducted by the author, Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy is a bracing, tender, melancholy, and triumphant exploration of death and dying. The speakers Smith inhabits include healthcare professionals, theologians, artists, athletes, and activists. They speak of the body as a battleground, a tool, a weapon, a joy, a burden. Smith’s great gift has always been her ability to break down her subjects’ defenses and present them in their full, complicated beauty. Whether channeling Lance Armstrong, Lauren Hutton, Peter Gomes, or others who are not in the public eye, Smith reminds us again and again that in learning to die we learn to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559365468
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,233,958
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Anna Deavere Smith is an acclaimed actress, playwright, author, and teacher. Smith rose to prominence with her verbatim theater pieces Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992. She is also known for her performances in the films The American President , Philadelphia , and Rachel Getting Married , and her recurring roles on TV’s black-ish, The West Wing, and Nurse Jackie. Smith is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, two Tony nominations, and she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She received the 2012 National Humanities Award from President Obama.

Table of Contents

Note from the Playwright 5

"Let Me Down Easy" James H. Cone Author, Reverend, and Professor Union Theological Seminary, New York City 9

"Fire Dance" Elizabeth Streb Choreographer, STREB Dance Company, New York City 11

"Right on Time" Lance Armstrong Tour de France Victor 15

"Ashes" Sally Jenkins Sports Columnist, Washington Post 19

"A Raisin a Day" Eve Ensler Writer, Activist 23

"Toughness" Brent Williams Rodeo Bull Rider, Idaho 27

"When Boxers See Lights" Michael Bentt World Champion Heavyweight Boxer 31

"A Sheet Around My Daughter" Hazel Merritt Patient, Yale-New Haven Hospital (1945-2013) 37

"Mojo" Lauren Hutton Supermodel 41

"That Bedrock of Care" Ruth Katz Patient, Yale-New Haven Hospital 45

"Heavy Sense of Resignation" Kiersta Kurtz-Burke Physician, Charity Hospital, New Orleans 49

"Takes a Lot of Time" Phil Pizzo Dean, Stanford University of Medicine 55

"Passing Bells" Susan Youens Musicologist, University of Notre Dame 59

"Existential Sadness" Eduardo Bruera Palliative Care, MD Anderson Cancer Center 63

"Chi" Ann Richards Former Governor, Texas (1933-2006) 65

"Gloves" Lorraine Coleman Retired Teacher, Anna Deavere Smith's Aunt 69

"Three Thousand Years of Being Kicked Around Europe" Joel Siegel ABC TV Movie Critic (1943-2007) 71

"Why Don't You Stick Around?" Peter Gomes Reverend, Memorial Church, Harvard University (1942-2011) 75

"Don't Leave Them in the Dark" Trudy Howell Director, Chance Orphanage, Johannesburg 79

"Teacup" Matthieu Ricard Buddhist Monk, Author, French Translator for the Dalai Lama 83

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