I had the privilege last week to attend blogger night at The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Harvard Square.
Anna Deavere Smith, a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated writer, performer, and professor performed “LET ME DOWN EASY a play in evolution”.
Anna first caught my eye about a year ago, as I was traversing through TED videos. It was one of those videos that stuck (embedded below). I just had to jump on this opportunity to catch her play in-person. And it did not disappoint
The play spans ~2.5 hours, it’s a one-woman show, in which Anna does an absolutely amazing job of playing multiple, diverse characters, exploring the question “how do we pursue grace and kindness in a competitive and sometimes distressing world?” through her characters.
Well known to A.R.T. audiences as the creator of Fires in the Mirror, Anna Deavere Smith is one of the most acclaimed and provocative writers and performers of our time. Her latest one-woman show, LET ME DOWN EASY a play in evolution, is a journey in search of human qualities that are too seldom in the news – compassion, generosity, and grace.
Channeling a dramatic range of interview subjects, from sports stars and philosophers to healthcare professionals and survivors of the Rwandan genocide, Anna Deavere Smith asks a question for our age: how do we pursue grace and kindness in a competitive and sometimes distressing world? Generous and powerful in its vision, LET ME DOWN EASY a play in evolution is a virtuosic exploration of the resourcefulness of the human spirit.
Friday, May 16, 2008 Social Network
Local techies take cue from West Coast to mix parties and business
Greater Boston’s techies are bucking the label of the introvert and turning out to meet each other at a growing number of area get-togethers. At events ranging from small coffee talks to big bashes at nightclubs, they also are helping to defy a stereotype — that despite its large student population, Boston is cold, stodgy and lacks the socializing and networking opportunities that grease deals in places like Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas.
The change, if it comes off, will be the work of a handful of visionary techies that have made it their mission to build buzz and raise the spirits of hundreds of geeks, entrepreneurs and investors.
“In the last 18 months we have been blessed with a definite increase in the number of events taking place,” said Mark Doerschlag, founder of MarksGuide, a Web site that tracks local business networking events. “Boston’s doing the right thing by encouraging these types of events.”
Two days later, the first POPSignal party was scheduled to take place at the Tequila Rain nightclub in Boston, bringing hundreds of techies together for music, dancing and free booze.
Brian Balfour and Jay Meattle of POPSignal, a startup designing a Web platform for the local tech community, said the event came from a demand for even more social events for the younger crowd.
“I really wanted to do something more social, just bring the tech community in and have fun,” Balfour said. “You make your best connections in social environments.”
POPSignal’s 450 person RSVP list filled within 48 hours.