On Friday, December 11 & 12, Hoboken High School Drama students will stage Fires in the Mirror, a play by Anna Deavere Smith. Fires in the Mirror is part of a unique project called On the Road: A Search for the American Character.
In 1991, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, a member of the Hasidic Lubavitch community, Yosef Lifsh, lost control of his car while driving in a funeral motorcade. The car jumped the curb, killing a seven year old Guyanese child, Gavin Cato. Tensions, already high, peaked when a volunteer ambulance aided Lifsh but left Cato to die. This event sparked a riot that left 1 dead, 190 injured, 129 arrested and $1 million in damage.
In this neighborhood, tensions between the black, largely West Indian majority and the Jewish, Hasidic minority had been running high for many years. There was a perception among blacks that there was a great deal of white racism and concern that the Lubavitchers enjoyed preferential treatment from the police. The Lubavitchers, on the other hand, perceived that there was a great deal of anti-Semitism in the black community.
Combining journalism and drama, the playwright Anna Deavere Smith not only examines the racial tension and violence in Crown Heights, but much broader themes, including racial, religious, gender, and class identity, and the historical conflict between communities in the United States.
Come see this provocative piece of theater superbly performed by Hoboken High School’s theater students.
Dates of performance:
Friday December 11 & 12 at 8pm
Hoboken High School Auditorium, 9th and Clinton Street
General Admission $10.00;
College Students with ID $7.00;
K-12 Students $5.00;
Senior Citizens $2.00
Free Dress Rehearsal for Senior Citizens only on Thursday, December 10, 2009