New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1992. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over charcoal paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, black endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"I am first looking for the humanness inside the problems or the crises. The spoken word is evidence of the humanness. Perhaps solutions come somewhere further down the road." First edition of pioneering actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith’s acclaimed one-woman show. Harrowing and profound, the Tony Award-nominated documentary theater piece is a careful composition of 300 verbatim testimonials from Los Angeles residents who experienced the 1992 riots firsthand. Employing a diversity of personae, Smith successfully illuminates and examines the racial and economic tensions that led to one of the deadliest uprisings in American history. Illustrated with black-and-white editorial news photos of the riots and performances shots of Smith in character. Gift inscription to half-title, possibly from JIm Miller, the dust jacket designer. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #3231