Anna Deavere Smith talks about grace in adversity

Playwright, actress and educator Anna Deavere Smith headlines a timely March 21 program from the Trinity Spiritual Center on the role of grace in adversity.

Playwright, actress and educator Anna Deavere Smith (ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Nurse Jackie) will address a topic with heightened meaning during Covid, “Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity,” during a livestream from the Trinity Spiritual Center in Southport Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

Her presentation for Trinity will open with a series of live monologues drawn from her one-woman shows, for which the MacArthur Foundation honored her with a “Genius” Fellowship.  A moderated discussion and interactive Q&A session will follow the performance.

The production draws on her research for her play “Let Me Down Easy” and other shows she has written, acted and produced, recreating her interviews with people in the United States and around the world who have demonstrated grace in the face of dramatic challenges.  The event will celebrate the resilience of the human spirit, the power of empathy, the strength of imagination and hope. 

“We live in a winner-take-all society,” says Smith. “And yet, part of our potential as humans is our potential for compassion and our resilience in the face of adversity. That’s the focus of this talk.”

The free presentation is open to all. To register, visit For more, call 203-255-0454.

– edited by Georgette Gouveia

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