308: Anna Deavere Smith

She is an admired actor (West Wing), but it’s her playwriting (Fires in the Mirror), drawing on the techniques of documentary film, that first caught my attention. Just starting as a writer, she met a woman at a party. “And she said I’m going to give you three questions you can ask  people. Well, they changed the course of my life.” Hear how.  

Person: an unknown woman
Place: Bolinas, CA
Thing: tape recorders
Randy’s Place: NBC studios, Burbank, 1986

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