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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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: I dislike books that are too Compared to Fire in the Mirrors by Anna Deavere Smith, I enjoyed this book better because it was easier to follow.

All of them just complained how they suffered from discrmination. Parts of it read: Oct 27, Paula Martin rated it really liked it. There’s more, but there needs to be even more, with what education costs right now and the struggle to think about what your life is going to be. 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: It has been assigned in ethnic studies and literature classes because of the content of including different racial voices.

Feb 28, gwayle rated it liked it Shelves: Please add cover image 2 15 Aug 19, April 25, By Reed Johnson.

Twilight: Los Angeles, by Anna Deavere Smith

This play, crafted from the words real people that Anna Deavere Smith’s interviewed regarding the King incident and the riots, is simultaneously a historical document, a brilliant piece of documentary theatre, and a chilling reminder of how far we’ve come as a nation, but also how little we’ve accomplished in the way of social betterment.

It is a weakness that can be well overlooked but is there anyways.


A very pleasant, sunny, high-ceilinged new modern home in Fullerton. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. It treads on new ground covering the LA riots and does so through the eyes of those who Not to be confused with the currently simth Twilight vampire series, smuth is truly a work of art.

Each monologue is told with undeniable passion and, together, express an overall need loos change in the city of Los Angeles and, quite possibly, in the entirety of the United States. How do you think culturally we are responding to the salient issues of our day, including race? Twilight explores those who observed, anma part of, or affected by the riots, telling true stories laced with emotion, injustice, and loss. Twilight doesn’t presume to find answers to these difficult problems; instead, the main lesson to be learned from it is that 20 years later, the questions it raises largely remain the same.

She takes on different voices and personalities in a way that is artistic smiith believable. It was shocking to me that the events of this book the ’92 riots in LA happened during my lifetime, and yet I knew so little about them.

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. Dec 04, Emma Getz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still, I saw her perform pieces from this at Znna, and it was definitely stirring and emotional.

Not only were some scenes just slapped on in random places, but to make it worst the scene dealt with the same problem the book went over about five scenes ago. She may be asking the questions, but these are not her words. At the beginning of each monologue, Smith gives a description of her interviewees, putting her skill at characterization to work.

Anna Deavere Smith revisits ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’

An explicit look at the complexities of the human experience. The moments of the incident is specific and Smith provided the occupation of each interviewee.

I dislike books that are too one-sided because they never mention what the other side feel and what if they are in their shoes.


Surprisingly, the multitude of voices is not confusing, rather she succeeds in painting a very broad and diverse picture of the time and place. This book reproduces the script of a one-woman show about the Los Angeles riots in the wake of the Rodney King police brutality verdicts.

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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. Now since this book has the setting of California, we can talk about it in the special genre that is California literature.

Smith is truly a twilivht of documentary theatre, Extremely fascinating analysis of the Rodney King riots in LA using real quotes from interviews and court hearings. Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning new work of “documentary theater” in which she uses verbatim the words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event.

Even getting an interview from one of the members of the twulight that were sent out to Los Angeles twikight the riots would have been an interesting addition to this play. I did find the play a bit hard to read because Smith created it from interviews she did with people who lived through the riots and th This play is thought-provoking, which I think describes Anna Deavere Smith perfectly.

Sometimes, however, I needed a bit more context usually character-related in order to really engage with the material.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Anna Deavere Smith revisits ‘Twilight: Without imposing meaning, Twilight: Imagery is also what helps put the play under the genre of California Literature. Books by Anna Deavere Smith.