Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
|Twilight: Los Angeles 1992|
|Written by||Anna Deavere Smith|
|Date premiered||March 24, 1994|
|Place premiered||Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles|
|Subject||Los Angeles riots of 1992|
|Setting||Los Angeles, California|
The original Broadway production opened at the Cort Theatre in New York City on April 17, 1994 and ran for 72 performances. The play is composed of a series of monologues by real people connected directly and indirectly to the riots; the text of the monologues is taken verbatim from interviews that Smith had conducted with them. The subjects/characters of the play include public officials like LAPD chief Daryl Gates and congresswoman Maxine Waters; a nameless juror on the Rodney King police trial, whose verdict directly led to the riots; various victims and instigators of violence, including, most famously, truck driver Reginald Denny, and residents of Los Angeles with their own view of the events, including singer Jessye Norman and actor Charlton Heston.
Twilight is a direct successor to Smith's previous play, Fires in the Mirror (1992), which, like Twilight, was a one-woman play with monologues based on interview transcripts, covering another recent riot largely based on African American grievances, the Crown Heights riot of 1991. Both plays are considered trailblazers in a genre that has become known as verbatim theatre.
Awards and nominations
Twilight was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award for Best Play, losing to Angels in America: Perestroika; and Smith was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, losing to Diana Rigg in Medea.
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- von Busack, Richard (November 23, 2000). "Mob Mentalities". Metroactive.
- Johnson, Reed (April 25, 2012). "Anna Deavere Smith revisits 'Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992'". Los Angeles Times.
- Tanzer, Joshua (October 10, 2000). "The fire last time". Offoffoff.com.
- Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 at the Internet Broadway Database
- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 on IMDb
- 'Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 on PBS
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