FIRES IN THE MIRROR: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities 

JUNE 9-JULY 3, 2022

Conceived, Written, and Originally Performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Co-Directed by Adam Immerwahr and January LaVoy

Produced in association with Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta, Georgia
Artistic Director Matt Torney, Managing Director Gretchen Butler


Starring January LaVoy

August 1991: simmering tensions in the racially polarized neighborhood of Crown Heights erupt into riots after a Black child was killed by a car in the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade and a white Jewish scholar was slain in retaliation. Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking documentary play uses verbatim testimony from individuals throughout the diverse community, creating a nuanced portrait of a shared but divided geography. This theatrical event – performed over 30 years after these life-changing riots – promises a tour-de-force solo performance and a story which touches upon every American regardless of race, color, or beliefs.

“The most compelling and sophisticated view of racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.”—New York Times

Production Angels

Leading Angel
Bella Rosenberg

Sponsoring Angel
Michele and Allan Berman
Rae Grad and Manuel Schiffres
Frances Marshall and Lewis Schrager
Howard Menaker and Patrick Gossett
Elaine Reuben, The Timbrel Fund
Evelyn Sandground and Bill Perkins

Supporting Angel
Sandra and Stephen Lachter
Joan S. Wessel