Enter your name and email address below to receive emails from Signature Theatre, including on-sale dates, special offers, exclusive videos and much more! One verdict can change the course of history. Playwright, actor and scholar Anna Deavere Smith responded artistically by dissecting the anatomy of the unrest. She interviewed over Los Angelinos in preparation for the performance. Twilight: Los Angeles, is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Twilight by Anna Deavere Smith. Twilight is a stunning work of "documentary theater" that explores the devastating human impact of the five days of riots following the Rodney King verdict. From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil: a disabled Korean man, a white male Hollywood talent agent Twilight is a stunning work of "documentary theater" that explores the devastating human impact of the five days of riots following the Rodney King verdict.
From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil: a disabled Korean man, a white male Hollywood talent agent, a Panamanian immigrant mother, a teenage black gang member, a macho Mexican-American artist, Rodney King's aunt, beaten truck driver Reginald Denny, former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates, and other witnesses, participants, and victims.
A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict and ignited a conversation about policing and race that continues today.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Twilight: Los Angeles, Sep 19, Sadie Hillier rated it it was amazing Shelves: plays , nonfiction. I genuinely wish I could make this required reading for Everyone in America at least, especially fellow white people who cannot feel the pain and the tension that was prevalent in , that was prevalent in , that is still prevalent today in I finished reading this book around the same time news broke that a police officer had shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man whose car was having trouble.
It's and somehow the fact that black people should not be murdered I genuinely wish I could make this required reading for It's and somehow the fact that black people should not be murdered by police is still seen as a political opinion. In Twilight, the people Anna interviews are repeatedly astounded by the fact that their situation is so similar to the Watts Riots nearly 3 decades before.
Nearly 3 decades later, I am astounded that so little has changed. The stories in this book are raw and real, and so so important. View 1 comment. Jan 26, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: plays-american , reporting , poc-non-fiction. If you lived though the King beating and its aftermath, including the Riots.
You really need to read this. Smith conducted interviews with various people, and this is the stage production script of those interviews. May 21, Sam rated it really liked it. The Los Angeles riots were an eye opening account of the racial and socioeconomic tensions that were occurring within the citizens of L. It was a mixture of different factors for a long time that was adding strain to already fragile tensions. After the verdict was announced for the Simi Valley trial all these tensions that people were internalizing finally exploded.
Reading each individual monologue lends itself to a deeper understanding of how there was this kind of me vs. For most people in this book and to readers as well, the Los Angeles riots were a one of kind experience that truly showed or exposed them to the violent nature of humanity that many never experienced or even observed before.
Those feelings and this book lends itself to the deeper narrative of California literature that describe the struggles that many minority groups and people of a lower economic standing continually face. This book leaves readers with the understanding of how people felt when the riots occurred and how they most likely still carry those feelings today.
The book also makes a lot of points of how media can often skew images and reports and often worsen situations. In the book, Paula Weinstein states that she thought it was, "a media fest of making white people scared of the African-American community" Smith, There are several other accounts that make references towards the media feeling that they actually over exaggerated tensions.
It's a very interesting perspective on how the media can influence people's feelings and actions. This book has many strengths however I believe the biggest strength is how each monologue is a verbatim account of the interviews that Anna Deavere Smith conducted.
Not only does it make itself seem more real, but you also feel more connected to the person speaking. For example, before getting into the monologues of the Park family she gives a long explanation of the setting and people around her, "a very pleasant, sunny high-ceilinged new modern home in Fullerton The feel of the place is airy but there is a lot of furniture Park speaks in the rhythm of a person who has full authority and ease, and a person who has all of the facts exactly straight" Smith, The other strength within this book is the fact that Smith took the time to interview people of many different ethnicities, background, and economic standings.
The diversity of the people she interviewed helps readers have an even bigger understanding how many Los Angeles residents felt when these riots occurred. Although this book has many strengths, there is also a major weakness that needs to be addressed.
She also managed to conduct an interview with a firefighter yet completely missed this one side that most likely had plenty to say about the Los Angeles riots. There were many monologues that discussed the law enforcement that were there during those riots, yet never gave an officer that was there the chance to describe their understanding or feelings of the during and after the riots.
For example, Stanley K. Sheinbaum stated "at the same time, I had been on this kick, as I told you before, of I mean this city has abused both sides. The city has abused cops. Don't ever forget that" Smith, Even getting an interview from one of the members of the military that were sent out to Los Angeles during the riots would have been an interesting addition to this play.
This book will help those who were not born during the time of the riots gain a deeper understanding of the problems and feelings that contributed to the Los Angeles riots. Dec 04, Emma Getz rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-for-a-class , drama , favorite-plays.
Extremely fascinating analysis of the Rodney King riots in LA using real quotes from interviews and court hearings. This piece touches on so many racial nuances and perspectives of the whole situation.
It's amazing how relevant this play is still in our historical moment, and there are so many parallels to modern current events. I would recommend this play to anyone, but especially those who are unfamiliar with Rodney King and the riots.
Smith is truly a pioneer of documentary theatre, Extremely fascinating analysis of the Rodney King riots in LA using real quotes from interviews and court hearings. Smith is truly a pioneer of documentary theatre, a genre that I hope grows in popularity.
Jan 16, Carol B. This book is, essentially, a re-ordered transcript of Anna Deavere Smith's act. These pages include more of the interviews, and each interview is presented as a kind of lyric. While I appreciated that choice to present the interviews as poetry , the transcripts don't have anywhere near the same impact as watching the interviewees being acted out. The documentary is particularly effective as a means for discussing race because of Smith's embodiment of various people May 21, BrookeAshley rated it really liked it.
Twilight: Los Angeles, is a play written by Anna Deavere Smith telling the thoughts and feelings of people who resided in Los Angeles during the riots. Sparking the tension was the unjustified beating of Rodney King by four white cops which later led to an acquittal of all four policemen.
The verdict is essentially what started the fire blazing riots that killed 53 people and caused over one billion dollars in property damage. The L. Twilight explores those who observed, were part of, or affected by the riots, telling true stories laced with emotion, injustice, and loss. Having interviewed people in the Los Angeles, California area, Smith incorporates in her play multiple perspectives on the riots, delving deep into the underlying problem of division and racism L.
She grasps each character perfectly with tone, characterization, and imagery. Each monologue is told with undeniable passion and, together, express an overall need for change in the city of Los Angeles and, quite possibly, in the entirety of the United States.
Anna Deavere Smith not only wrote Twilight but also acted it out as a solo actor. Available on pbs.
Anna Deavere Smith- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
It originally aired on PBS in Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she created a searing, innovative and truly American piece of theater. On April 22, , David L. ET check local listings. In addition, the film Twilight: Los Angeles began streaming online for the first time ever April 29, , the exact anniversary date of the Rodney King events.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
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