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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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. My understanding of race before that was a black and white issue, so in coming to L. What is it that keeps people so far apart? The stories in this book are raw and real, and so so important. Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman docu-play “Twilight: 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.

No, not as well as it could, because there’s just not enough diversity. Smith holds nothing back while interlocking the accounts of several different subjects. Lists with This Book. For most people in this book and to readers as well, the Los Angeles riots were a one of kind experience that truly showed or exposed them to the violent nature of humanity that many never experienced or even observed before. I finished reading this book around the same time news broke that a police officer had shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man whose car was having trouble.

Anna Deavere Smith not only wrote Twilight but also acted it out as a solo actor. The beating of Rodney King and the subsequent L.

And this is terrible. There were many monologues that discussed the law enforcement that were there during those riots, yet never gave an officer that was there the chance to describe their angelees or feelings of the during and after the riots. In the introduction Smith talks about the role of theater in society, and specifically the role she tries to take with her theater in her American society.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The play made me think harder about the issues at hand smihh every state in America but really made me give thought into what kind of city Los Angeles is.

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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: Here’s an edited transcript of the interview.

The true charm of this piece is the fact that one actress plays every part and with a talented actress, the show really comes to life. May 21, BrookeAshley rated it really liked it. 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 popular Twilight vampire series, this is truly a work of art.

Each chapter of the play is a performance of the dialogue of what each interviewee said.

The information on the riots in L. Don’t get me wrong, I love her acting and her ideas but there was simply too much repetition in this book. There is, sadly, much to learn 19992 this slice of history in Jan 25, WaiThain rated it did not like it.

It’s hard to give this a star rating because it is really a play,and so I read it differently than I would read and rate other books, but I was pretty impressed twiloght it. There was video; there was no question that the police were violently and viciously brutal.


Having lived in LA, it also impacted me a bit more viscerally than it did the first time I read it.

Twilight: Los Angeles, by Anna Deavere Smith

Park speaks in the rhythm of a person who has full authority and ease, and a person who has all of the facts exactly straight. Los Angeles, ” is among the most durable artworks to emerge from the ashes of L. April 25, By Reed Johnson.

I hated this book. The riot was sparked by the brutally beaten of an African American man by four white policemen. For instance, one character walks Smith through 192 drive from one location to the next detailing street names that are very familiar to Los Angeles ssmith Smith’s work is a wonderful look into a pressured and divided society at the breaking point.

Los Angeles, is a powerful collection of stories from the L. It is understandable considering that some of the characters are ex-gang members or just simply people who tend to curse a lot.

Anna Deavere Smith- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

It’s a lot more nuanced than I remember. Smith was one of the recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the “genius grant. Mar 15, Pages Buy. Based on hours of interviews teilight about people, the prismatic show was a tour de force in which Smith originally played more than 40 different characters, including then-Police Chief Daryl Gates, truck driver Reginald Denny, a former L. This play is thought-provoking, which I think describes Anna Deavere Smith perfectly.

I highly recommend seeing a performance of this play in addition to reading it.