Let Me Down Easy, a one-woman show by Anna Deveare Smith exploring the human side of the health care debate, will be performed from Wednesday, July 20 through July 31 at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.
Previews will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 20 and 21, and the opening night performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22.
Deveare Smith, winner of the MacArthur Genius Award, is widely known for her roles in “The West Wing” and “Nurse Jackie” and her solo theatrical performances draw on interviews with hundreds of people.
Let Me Down Easy tells the human side of the health care story currently unwinding in politics, bringing to light questions about the human body, the resilience of the spirit and the price of care, she said.
Drawing on 320 interviews on three continents, Smith channels 20 people, some known, some not well known – from Lance Armstrong to first supermodel Lauren Hutton, to former Texas Gov. Ann Richards to a rodeo bull rider to distinguished doctors and holy men. Exploring physical power and vulnerability, Smith said the show is ultimately about resilience, grace and most of all, love.
Let Me Down Easy is the latest in her “On the Road” series, in which she explores national character by interviewing people from diverse backgrounds and then performing word for word excerpts.
Let Me Down Easy is directed by Leonard Foglia, an American theatre director, librettist, and novelist.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $75. Tickets to the preview shows are $30-40. Parking is free. To purchase tickets, (310) 434-3200, or www.thebroadstage.com.