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Anna Deavere Smith is the ultimate impressionist: she does people’s souls. By every measurement, “Twilight: Los Angeles, ,” which. In this PBS-TV film based on the original New York stage production, Anna Deavere Smith transforms herself into scores of individuals—using only their words. Twilight has ratings and 85 reviews. Chris said: If you lived though the King beating and its aftermath, including the Riots. You really need to re.

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Smith conducted interviews with various people, and this is the stage production script of those interviews.

The book can be considered as one, or as an assembly of smaller parts; either way it kept me engrossed. This page was last edited on 18 Augustat This book is fine, I like Fire in the Mirror more because it is more back and forth between the Jewish and Black community and it is very interesting in compare to this one. Sparking the tension was the unjustified beating of Rodney King by four white cops which later led to an acquittal of all four policemen.

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Smith is truly a pioneer of documentary theatre, a genre that I hope grows in popularity. The riot was sparked by the brutally beaten of an African American man by four white policemen. Nearly 3 decades later, I am astounded that so little twikight changed. Smith does a fantastic job capturing the mood of the City of Angels not only during the riots but also in general over the span of time.

I dislike books that are too Compared to Fire in the Mirrors by Anna Deavere Smith, I enjoyed this book angeoes because it was easier to follow. In she released another, Letters to a Young Artist: We are experiencing technical difficulties. Ahgeles with most of Deavere Smith’s plays that anggeles on verbatim transcripts of interviews, I wonder how much credit she should get as a dramatic author and not as a performer. The city has abused cops. Here’s an edited transcript of the interview.


Open Preview See a Problem? If the book suffers from anything, it’s a sense that llos are many many more perspectives on this event to be explored and Smith has no hope of getting to them all, particularly within the constraints of a one-woman stage performance. Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman docu-play “Twilight: Jan 25, WaiThain rated it did not like it. When we think about California literature, we think of things such as harmony, peace, nature, diversity, along with rich and poor in regards to the state itself in which it reflects the literature.

Surprisingly, the multitude of voices is not confusing, rather she succeeds in painting a very broad and diverse picture of the time and place. If the book suffers from anything, it’s a sense that there are many many The first hand accounts of the LA Riots, transcribed in a faithful manner by Smith and translated to the stage are still fascinating in book form. There is still work to be done to solve problems of police brutality, poverty, and income inequality. The first hand accounts of the LA Riots, transcribed in a faithful manner by Smith and translated to the stage are still fascinating in book form.

The script for Twilight: The one thing that I may like about this book is that it was a bit more complex than that of Fires in the Mirror.

Nov 26, Pages Buy. There are interviews from multiple angles such as the Korean and black conflict, first responders, and leaders from the community and different organizations. The New York Times. Her use of a poetic structure throughout the work adds to the underlying meaning.

Twilight is a culmination of interviews that Smith had with key players of the events those who were directly influenced. Not only does it make itself seem more real, but you also feel more connected to the person speaking.

There’s not enough diversity in the leadership and there’s not enough diversity in terms of who’s telling the stories. The stories in this book are raw and real, and so so important.

Anna Deavere Smith- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

From acclaimed playwright Anna Deavere Smith, a captivating work of dramatic literature and a unique first-person portrait of a pivotal moment in American history: Apr 20, Diana rated it liked it Shelves: Once I got to the end of the nageles, I started formulating my own opinions on race and diversity.


She takes on different voices and personalities in a way that is artistic and believable. While I deaveree that choice to present the interviews as poetrythe transcripts don’t have anywhere near the same impact as watching the interviewees being acted out.

Smith holds nothing back while interlocking the accounts of several different subjects. This is the city we are living in.

There is kind of one but not really. Twilight explores those who observed, were part of, or affected by the riots, telling true stories laced with emotion, injustice, and loss. Even better than reading this play that twilighr at the various perspectives of the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed, is seeing her perform it.

Twilighy think an awful lot about my experience in L. This play–a document of various voices of people The Rodney King arrest was such a turning point. Anna Deavere Smith interviewed people involved with and affected by the chaos in their city at the time. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Twilight: Los Angeles, by Anna Deavere Smith

Riots happened 25 years ago, but concerns about police brutality, urban decay, structural inequality, and the role of the media are at the center of our political discourse today. The text on its own, too–with Smith’s added stage directions, etc–is striking and gives those of us who Unlike the other TwilightAnna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, is a one-woman play written and originally performed by American actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith about the Los Angeles riots.

The Rodney King arrest was such a turning point.