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Fires in the Mirror


Written by Anna Deavere Smith, “Fires in the Mirror” is a play that explores the Crown Heights riots of 1991. It features the viewpoints of various African-American and Jewish people, mostly based in New York City, who were connected directly and indirectly to the riots. The various viewpoints all address the racial tension, but with conflicting accounts of the fractured reality surrounding the situation.


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About the Projection Design


Spanning across five irregular screens, projections for "Fires in the Mirror" featured over 650 video and photographic images that supported the narratives of 29 monologues. These included scene titles and character introductions, an evolving fractured background, and a series of historical and sometimes graphic imagery that created a collage of historical events.


The events were designed to feel like the memories of the character’s personal accounts, by never being fully representative and often partially distorted. This was to represent some of the discrepancies and flaws in the varying perspectives of society.

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