GREAT PERFORMANCES

Program Details
Air Time: 
03/29/2014 - 9:00pm - 10:59pm
Program Title: 
LET ME DOWN EASY
Program Service: 
MX
Program URL: 
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/
PSIP Description: 
In this theatrical exploration, Anna Deavere Smith performs as an eclectic range of people.
Long Description: 
Called "the most exciting individual in American theater" by Newsweek magazine, Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing, Nurse Jackie) turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body with Let Me Down Easy. As in her acclaimed earlier plays Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, Deavere Smith interviews an eclectic range of people, and then performs as the interviewee in their own words. This new gallery of indelible portraits ranges from boldface names like cyclist Lance Armstrong, supermodel Lauren Hutton and Texas Governor Ann Richards, to lesser known but equally memorable characters including a rodeo bull rider, a New Orleans hospital doctor and the director of a South African orphanage -- all sharing their searing experiences in confronting the price and politics of health, facing the end of life, and encountering the ultimate resilience of the human spirit. The performances was recorded at Washington DC's Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.