Great Performances

S36 Ep11: Paula Zahn Interviews Anna Deavere Smith

Paula Zahn interviews Anna Deavere Smith about her play Let Me Down Easy. They discuss the development of the play in the 1990s to the present, how the politics of national health care organically became part of the piece, and Smith’s favorite portrayals.

 
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