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Fires in the Mirror

Sunday, April 25 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm


by Anna Deavere Smith

directed by Katrinah Carol Lewis

performed by Jamar Jones

Fri March 26-Sun April 25, 2021

The full title of Anna Deavere Smith’s play is FIRES IN THE MIRROR: CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN AND OTHER IDENTITIES. She wrote the play after the Crown Heights neighborhood erupted in three days of violent race riots in August, 1991. The riots were incited by the death of Gavin Cato, a seven year old Black boy who was the son of Guyanese immigrants. He was playing on the sidewalk near his apartment and was killed when one of the cars in Rebbe Menachem Schneerson’s motorcade jumped the curb. Schneerson was the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Jewish community. The violence quickly escalated and later that evening Yankel Rosenbaum, an Orthodox Jewish rabbinical student who was visiting from Australia, was murdered by a group of Black youths in retaliation for Cato's death. TIME Magazine was among the many news outlets that reported that the Crown Heights riots were “the worst episode of racial violence in New York City since 1968, after the death of Martin Luther King.”

FIRES IN THE MIRROR is constructed from twenty-six monologues that are verbatim interviews that Smith conducted with a range of subjects including Gavin Cato's father, Yankel Rosenbaum's brother, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Aaron S. Bernstein (a physicist at M.I.T.). Smith performed all the roles in her one-person show when it premiered at The Public Theater (NYC) in 1992. Smith wrote, “My sense is that American character lives not in one place or the other, but in the gaps between the places, and in our struggle to be together in our differences.”

Firehouse will continue its practice of contactless theatre, with severely limited seating capacity of a maximum of 10 audience members at each performance, as well as other safety protocols, and select live-streamed performances.



by Anna Deavere Smith



Jamar Jones

Production Team:

Director - Katrinah Carol Lewis

Production Designer - Todd Labelle

Costume Designer - Margarette Joyner

Dialect Coach - Erica Hughes

Stage Manager - Emily Vial


Performance Schedule:

Fri, March 26 @ 7:30pm

Sat, March 27 @ 7:30pm

Sun, March 28 @ 3pm

Thu, April 8 @ 7:30pm

Fri, April 9 @ 7:30pm

Sat, April 10 @ 7:30pm

Sun, April 11 @ 3pm

Thu, April 15 @ 7:30pm

Fri, April 16 @ 7:30pm

Sat, April 17 @ 7:30pm (live and live streamed)

Sun, April 18 @ 3pm (live and live streamed)

Thu, April 22 @ 7:30pm

Fri, April 23 @ 7:30pm (live and live streamed)

Sat, April 24 @ 7:30pm (live and live streamed)

Sun, April 25 @ 3pm



$33 live / $33 live stream

tickets for live performance at

tickets for live streamed performance at

Firehouse Theatre
1609 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220


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All ages, Wheelchair Accessible




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$33 Live/$33 Live Stream



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