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“I can’t recall the last time I saw a performance as good as Rue’s. It’s a masterpiece.  Rue made my heart swell and break, and then swell and break again.” -Krista Garver, Broadway World

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In August 1991 simmering tensions in the racially polarized Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Crown Heights exploded into riots after an African-American boy was killed by a car in a rabbi’s motorcade and a Jewish student was slain in retaliation. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Fires in the Mirror is dramatist Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning exploration of the events and emotions leading up to and following the Crown Heights conflict. Through her portrayals of more than two dozen adversaries, victims, and eyewitnesses, using verbatim excerpts from their observations derived from interviews she conducted, Smith provides a brilliant, Rashoman-like documentary portrait of contemporary ethnic turmoil.

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“Quite simply the most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” –New York Times


October 12th – 21st, 2018

Morrison Stage at Artists Rep


Schedule of In Dialogue events:  Enriching pre- and post-show presentations and conversations with Vanport MosaicConfrontation Theatre and more.



Directed by Bobby Bermea

Starring Seth Rue


Peter Ksander, Scenic and Projection Design

Wanda Walden, Costume Designer

Carl Faber, Lighting Designer

Casi Pacilio, Sound Design

Jana Crenshaw, Composer

Mary McDonald-Lewis, Dialect Coach

Robi Arce, Character Coach

Bonnie Ratner, Dramaturg

Karen Hill, Stage Manager

Jamie Rea, Line Producer

Breydon Little, Production Assistant


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