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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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. After the verdict was announced for the Simi Valley trial all these tensions that people were internalizing finally exploded.

The feeling of Los Angeles and community comes across very strong as well especially for those who live in the surrounding areas or even deabere in California itself. I mean this city has abused both sides. She does not want to report on one side and report bias information. There was video; there was no question that the police were violently and viciously brutal. Extremely fascinating analysis of the Rodney King riots in LA using real quotes from interviews and court hearings. This book is, essentially, a re-ordered transcript of Anna Deavere Smith’s act.

It is a weakness that can be well overlooked but is there anyways. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Los Angeles riots were an eye opening account of the racial and socioeconomic tensions that were occurring within the citizens of L. This book describes what happened in Los Angeles in and the people who were affected were interviewed. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

I do absolutely think it could be commissioned today, and you know there’s some people who say I created a new twiilight of theater, and lots of kids are working in this verbatim way here, and in England and Finland. About Anna Deavere Smith. The documentary is particularly effective as a means for discussing race because of Smith’s embodiment of various people I dislike books that are too Compared to Fire in the Mirrors by Anna Deavere Smith, I enjoyed this book better because it 9192 easier to follow.

The Rodney King arrest was such a turning point. The information on the riots in L. Views Read Edit View history. The power of this form of documentary theatre lies in its ability to capture the far reaching effects of the incident and to allow the audience to contemplate the event from multiple perspectives. 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. Instead of choosing an easy hero and villain duality, Smith shows us that no one involved with such tragedies considers himself the bad guy, and anns one can predict every consequence of a particular action.


They live from grandmama to mama to girlfriend. Twilight is a culmination of interviews that Smith had with key players of the events those who were directly influenced. Although this book has many strengths, there is also a major weakness that needs to be addressed. The beating of Rodney King and the subsequent L.

Walter Park, who has had a gunshot through the eye, has a scar on the left side of his face […] Mr. You’re not perfect, but you do good work nonetheless. Everyone should read this book. Sep 19, Sadie Hillier rated it it twwilight amazing Shelves: So the whole idea of trying to tell the story of a community by getting ywilight most vocal and the least vocal people to talk to you, and then put them on stage and weave these other kind of stories, with more time and consideration than a journalist can do.

She may be asking the questions, but these are not her words.

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I think an awful lot about my experience in L. Anna Deavere Smith born September 18, is an American actress, playwright, and professor.

While I appreciated that choice to present the interviews as poetrythe transcripts don’t have anywhere near the same impact as watching the interviewees being acted out. There are interviews from multiple angles such as the Korean and black conflict, first responders, and leaders from the community and different organizations. The next section of the book highlights the Rodney King beating and proceeding trial.

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. 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: Her use of a poetic structure throughout the work adds to the underlying meaning.

Twilight is really a fantastic read all around but as with any written work, it has weaknesses. Anna Deavere Smith not only wrote Twilight but also acted it out as a solo actor. Smith’s work is a wonderful look into a pressured and divided society at the breaking point. Set in Los Angeles after the riots in the early ’90’s, Twilight is a startlingly unabashed look at the event that led to a city almost burning.


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.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

BP sponsorship of World Shakespeare Festival draws protest. A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the deaveere 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.

Since this event was video type, the police, which is the perpetrator was clearly shown.

Please add cover image 2 15 Aug 19, 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. This is the city we are living in.

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Apr 23, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Smith gives us the stories of an incredible range of people touched by those events — from Rodney King’s aunt, to community leaders, affected shopowners, politicians, police officials, victims of random violence, fearful neighbors, to Reginald Denny, the white truck driver whose beating during the riots was also captured on video.

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.

Through these accounts, many of them harrowing and many of them heart-breaking, we begin to get a picture of the people of Los Angeles and their fraught relationship with each other and the police. 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

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