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 Los Angeles riots were an eye opening account of the racial and socioeconomic tensions that were occurring within the citizens of L. But this notion of ‘throwing away the rubbish,’ this way that right now with so many true stresses in our economy, many of the values that we say are so precious to us are, I think, under threat.

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. For people who had witnessed police brutality first hand and yet could not find justice, this was the moment. 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.

It is a masterpiece. Los Angeles, does a great job at giving a verbatim account of many individuals own opinions and experiences before, during, and after the Los Angeles riots.


Los Angeles, is an excellent read.

Anna Deavere Smith- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

The book plays with the emotions of the reader just like how the events surrounding the riots were ignited by the emotions of the affected. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. At the beginning of each monologue, Smith gives a description of her interviewees, putting her skill at characterization to work. This play is a look straight into the heart of all that was more complicated than it deavvere, as are most events that society and the media portray in the simplest terms.

The play itself is considered California Literature due to tqilight sense of community, or lack thereof, throughout the text.

The furnishings are replicas of Louis XIV. Smith makes it easy to envision each person in their environment as well as empathize with ywilight. Oct 29, Mandy rated it really liked it.

Twilight: Los Angeles, by Anna Deavere Smith

This is the city we are living in. I hear from people all over the world who are doing this type of work. It is understandable considering that some of the characters are ex-gang members or just simply people who tend to curse a lot.

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 smiith about them. What comes through most is the fear and the pain and the bewilderment of ordinary people caught up in or witnessing the riots, a repeated sense of not understanding how all these things happened — while at the same time understanding, consciously deavers not, why they did.


I enjoyed reading it and regret I was not able to participate in a dialogue with students about it but I applaud th This book was the first-year summer reading book for Moravian ajna year and what a fantastic choice! Reading each individual monologue lends itself to a deeper understanding of how there was this kind of me vs. Due to this thought, there is an inherent idea that people of different race and culture should get along well.

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The script for Twilight: Los AngelesCalifornia. Los Angeles” could be commissioned by a theater today? Smith, who’s also a college professor and actress known for her recurring role as Dr. She inhabits these characters in a fascinating and compelling way.

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Sponsored by the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, it will be held from 7 p. Angelfs love that a school with Moravian’s emphasis on the arts would choose a theatrical piece that ties so well to one of the most important issues currently making headlines. It has been assigned in ethnic studies and literature classes because of the content of including different racial voices. 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.

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