Fires in the Mirror

Performances began October 22, 2019; Opening November 11 2019; Limited Engagement through December 8, 2019 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd St.)

Contact: Chris Boneau / Heath Schwartz / Imani Punch

Signature Theatre will present a revival of FIRES IN THE MIRROR written by Signature’s new Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, directed by Saheem Ali and featuring Michael Benjamin Washington.

There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Following the deaths of a Black American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991, underlying racial tensions in the nestled community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Birthed from a series of interviews with over fifty members of the Jewish and Black communities, the Drama Desk award-winning work translated their voices verbatim, and in the process revolutionized the genre of documentary theatre. As much provocation as it is exploration, this landmark play launches Anna Deavere Smith’s Residency 1 at Signature.