Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Fires in the Mirror

by Anna Deavere Smith Running Time: 110 minutes, no intermission

September 20, 2019 to
October 13, 2019

Studio Theatre
Directed by Marcella Kearns & C. Michael Wright

Featuring Elyse Edelman & Marti Gobel

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.

Co-Sponsored by:
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Marianne & Sheldon B. Lubar 
Mickey & Casey Ripp

FIRES in the media:
Journal Sentinel preview article'Fires in the Mirror' looks at the black -Jewish conflict from many angles

Journal Sentinel ReviewMilwaukee Chamber Theatre's 'Fires in the Mirror' revisits Crown Heights deaths and racial conflict

Urban Milwaukee ReviewReflections Within a Riot: 'Fires in the Mirror' propels power of documentary theatre Review - MCT's 'Fires in the Mirror' ignites a compelling conversation

Shepherd Express Review - Voices of a Community Heard in 'Fires in the Mirror'

Anna Deavere Smith
Actor One Marti Gobel
Actor Two Elyse Edelman
Production Staff
Directors Marcella Kearns & C. Michael Wright
Scenic Designer Lisa Schlenker
Costume Designer Leslie Vaglica
Lighting Designer Marisa Abbott
Sound Designer Sarah Ramos
Props Designer Melissa Centgraf
Stage Manager Veronica Zahn
<September 2019>
1516171819207:30 PM (P)218:00 PM (O)
222:00 PM2324251:00 PM (*)7:30 PM (V)267:30 PM (T)277:30 PM284:00 PM8:00 PM
292:00 PM30121:00 PM7:30 PM37:30 PM (T)47:30 PM54:00 PM8:00 PM

T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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