Tashiem Jordan '17, who will perform

Hartwick College Theatre Arts Presents “Fires in the Mirror”

September 15, 2016

The Hartwick College Theatre Arts Program will present Fires in the Mirror, originally created and performed by Anna Deavere Smith. The work will be brought to life by Tashiem Jordan ’17, who will perform the piece. This production will run from September 22 to 25, with performances Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and a 2 p.m. show on Sunday in the Lab Theatre, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the general public.

Smith’s one-person show chronicles her conversations with several people following tragedies in the New York neighborhood of Crown Heights in August 1991. Fires in the Mirror won an OBIE award in 1992, and Smith won a Drama Desk Award in 1993 for her performance. Jordan’s performance highlights connections between 1991 and 2016 by letting the audience to “see one person reveal 10 different viewpoints, and allowing them to decipher which viewpoint they believe is the ‘right’ one.”

Jordan’s production and performance of Smith’s work will complete his senior thesis in the theatre arts major.

“This play takes place in 1991, discussing the racial tensions among the Jewish and African-American community in Crown Heights,” he said. “Fast forward 25 years later, what has changed?”

The Fires in the Mirror production team also includes Stage Manager Noah Wynn ’17.

Advanced reservations are suggested, and may be made by calling 607-431-4227 or emailing theatre@hartwick.edu.

For additional information, contact Production Assistant/Academic Intern Alyssa Fox ’16 at foxa2@hartwick.edu.