Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is the play writer of “Let me Down Easy” she is a dramatist, actress and professor. She interviews people about social justice and uses their exact words and phrasing into her plays. She also includes herself in her work.

Anna’s style of writing is different from many other authors.  In the following video, Anna tries to bring out a person’s true character by impersonating their pitch, emotions, and pauses—their own unique language.  As she said at approximately 1:14, she doesn’t put parts of herself in the play, but tries to become the person she is interviewing by bringing out their features through their personal language.  “Let me Down Easy” questions the reader to think about if our society is caring.  She tries to find this out by putting herself in her interviewee’s shoes

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