Meet the Artists: Fires in the Mirror

Meet the Artists: Fires in the Mirror

September 23, 2019

Join actor Elyse Edelman and director Marcella Kearns for a conversation with Jody Hirsh about the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, Anna Deavere Smith’s landmark work of documentary theater in which two actresses play multiple parts exploring the racially charged 1991 Crown Heights riots.

Play Synopsis:
In 1991, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, a Hasidic man’s car jumped a curb, killing a seven-year-old black child. Shortly after, a Hasidic rabbinical student was stabbed and killed in what appeared to be an act of retaliation, sparking riots that made national headlines and exposed a growing friction in racial and cultural relations. But behind the headlines, there are people – politicians, activists, religious leaders, victims, and perpetrators alike – who each have their own story to tell. Anna Deavere Smith’s landmark work of documentary theatre, presented here with two actors playing 26 roles, is a theatrical event that cannot be missed – an illuminating exploration of identities in conflict.

Also join us for Jewish Community Night at MCT
Thursday, October 3

7:30 PM at Broadway Theatre Center Studio (158 N. Broadway)
Talkback will follow performance
$30 discounted tickets available through the form below. Deadline for ordering discounted tickets is Friday, 9/13.
Regular priced tickets may be available through the theater box office after that date.

Two Programs

Meet the Artists | Monday, September 23: 7:00 pm | FREE

Jewish Community Night at MCT | Thursday, October 3: 7:30 pm | Purchase tickets below