2013-2014 Theatre Season

Fires in the Mirror: October 2013

Fires in the Mirror

By Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by Cynthia Henderson
Clark Theatre
Previews Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Opens Thursday, October 3, 2013
Closes Saturday, October 12, 2013

Written and originally performed by Smith as a one-woman show, this seminal piece of “documentary theatre” will be performed by an ensemble of actors. The play chronicles the events—and divergent points of view—surrounding Brooklyn’s Crown Heights riots of 1991.

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Single tickets go on sale September 1, 2013.

Tickets to individual performances will go on sale September 1, 2013 and will be available by calling (607) 274-3224 or visiting the Box Office in Dillingham Center.




October 1 8:00 pm Preview Performance  
Thursday October 3 8:00 pm   Opening Night
Friday October 4 8:00 pm Performance
Saturday October 5 8:00 pm Performance
Sunday October 6 2:00 pm Performance followed by a talkback
Tuesday October 8 8:00 pm Performance
Wednesday October 9 8:00 pm Performance
Thursday October 10    8:00 pm Performance 
Friday October 11 8:00 pm Performance
Saturday October 12 1:00 pm* Performance
Saturday October 12 8:00 pm Performance

 * please note time


Brooklyn Bridge
A Talkback for audience members will follow the 2PM performance of FIRES IN THE MIRROR on Sunday, October 6.

There will be a Talkback for audience members following the 2 PM performance of FIRES IN THE MIRROR on Sunday, October 6 in Dillingham Center. This will be an opportunity to discuss the events, ideas and attitudes that collided to create the tragic riots of 1991 in Brooklyn's Crown Heights.

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FIRES IN THE MIRROR Opens 2013-14 Ithaca College Theatre Season

‘Fires in the Mirror’ Kicks Off Ithaca College Theatre Main-Stage Season


ITHACA, NY–Ithaca College Theatre will open its 2013-2014 season with Anna Deavere Smith’s “Fires in the Mirror.” Performances will run in the Clark Theatre in Dillingham Center on Oct. 1, 3-5, and 8-12 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 6 and 1 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 12.  There will be a free talk-back presentation immediately following the Oct. 6 matinee.


Ticket prices for “Fires in the Mirror” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at the Dillingham Center box office or by calling (607) 274-3224.


Smith, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee, presents a small Brooklyn neighborhood caught in a storm of ethnic tension. Winner of a Drama Desk Award, “Fires in the Mirror” follows the Orthodox Jew and Afro-Caribbean residents of Crown Heights during the devastating summer riots of 1991.


 “I was raised by a woman who taught me to look at an issue from both sides,” said director Cynthia Henderson. “My biggest challenge with this play has been to not take sides, because all sides need to be given a fair hearing.”


TheFires in the Mirror” production team includes scenic designer Anna Grigo ’15, lighting designer Andrew Hostler ’14, costume designer Elysse Helms ’14 and sound designer Alex Dietz-Kest ’14. Bree Harchuck ’14 is the stage manager and Max Noonan-Pomada ’14 is the technical director. The assistant director is Lucy Walker ’14.


The cast of “Fires in the Mirror” includes Aaron Alcaraz ’16, Kathryn Allison ’14, Jordan Brady ’16, Olivia Donalson ’15, Matt Greenberg ’15, Jasmine Harris ’15, Jessica Hirschhorn ’16, Chiara Hollender ’17, Annie Jefferson ’17, Taylor Misiak ’14, Ashton Muniz ’14, Jelani Pitcher ’16, Xavier Reyes ’14, Julian Rissetto ’16, Rachel Rosen ’14, Jordan Schultz ’14, Carla Tilghman ’17, Hayley Warren ’17 and Edward Yankow ’17.


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Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.

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