This is an excerpt from an NPR interview of Anna Deavere Smith by Michelle Norris about Smith’s play, “Let me down easy.”
The description was so powerful I couldn’t keep it to myself.
To listen to, or read the entire interview click here .


Hope and optimism are different. Optimism, you look out the window, you say, it looks pretty good out there. Hope says, it doesn’t look good at all. Doesn’t look good at all. Evidence doesn’t look good at all, but I’m going to go beyond the evidence, create new possibilities based on vision, become contagious to allow people to engage in heroic actions. Always against the odds. No guarantee whatsoever. That’s hope.”