Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy Ends Off-Broadway Jan. 3

News   Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy Ends Off-Broadway Jan. 3 The extended run of actress-writer Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy, a solo on the subject of the human body and its resilience and frailty, ends Jan. 3 at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.
Let Me Down Easy star-creator Anna Deavere Smith
Let Me Down Easy star-creator Anna Deavere Smith Photo by Joan Marcus

Leonard Foglia (Thurgood, Master Class) directed the New York City debut of the show. Previews began Sept. 15; it opened Oct. 7 for a run originally scheduled through Nov. 8. The production was extended through Dec. 6 then again to its current close date. The final weekend is sold out.

"Channeling a dramatic range of interview subjects, from artists and athletes to doctors and those they treat," Smith, according to a Let Me Down Easy synopsis, explores "the power of the body and the resilience of the human spirit, featuring first person accounts from a wide variety of sources, including Lance Armstrong and former Texas Governor Ann Richards."

Smith, as she did in her acclaimed Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, plays all the interview subjects.

The work previously played in developmental versions at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre and Boston's American Repertory Theatre in 2008.

The design team includes Riccardo Hernandez (scenic), Ann Hould-Ward (costumes) and Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting). Smith was recently seen in the first season of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" opposite fellow stage veteran Edie Falco. The actress has also been seen on television's "The West Wing," "The Practice" and the films "Rachel Getting Married," "The American President," "Philadelphia" and "Dave." As a writer, she has penned the plays Fires in the Mirror (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and House Arrest as well as the books "Talk To Me" and "Letters to A Young Artist."

Second Stage's season will continue with John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle in the world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Jan. 26-March 21, 2010) and Paul Weitz's Trust (spring 2010). A fourth production is yet to be announced.

Second Stage is located at 307 West 43rd Street (off Eighth Avenue). For more information, call (212) 246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.

Anna Deavere Smith in <i>Let Me Down Easy</i>
Anna Deavere Smith in Let Me Down Easy Photo by Joan Marcus
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