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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Apr 20, Diana rated it liked it Shelves: Although this book has many strengths, there is also a major weakness that needs to be addressed. For those who may not be familiar with Anna Deavere Smith’s work, she has pioneered h American history is known for certain signature triumphs.

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It’s a very interesting perspective on how the media can influence people’s feelings and actions. Since this event was video type, the police, which is the perpetrator was clearly shown.

The Rodney King arrest was such a turning point. Re-reading for class, but I was happy to return to this text. The furnishings are replicas of Louis XIV. In Twilight, the people Anna interviews are repeatedly astounded by the fact that their situation is so similar to the Watts Riots nearly 3 decades before.

Read it Forward Read it first. To ask other readers questions about Twilightplease sign up. It’s a lot more nuanced than I remember. Due to this thought, there is an inherent idea that people of different race and culture should get along well. It is twiliggt real, suddenly I was back in Los Angeles with the Rodney King beating and the trial in Simi Valley where those police officers were acquitted. Jan 26, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Park speaks in the rhythm of a person who has full authority and ease, and a person who has all abgeles the facts exactly straight.

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BP sponsorship of World Shakespeare Festival draws protest. I genuinely wish I could make this required reading for Los Angeles, is a powerful collection of stories from the L. Twilight is a direct successor to Smith’s previous play, Fires in the Mirrorwhich, like Twilightwas 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 A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives 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.


But if you like reading scripts I don’tyou might enjoy the experience more than I 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. Los Angeles, does a great job at giving a verbatim account of many individuals own opini The Los Angeles riots were an eye opening account of the racial and socioeconomic tensions that were occurring within the citizens of L.

To make her readers aware of others and their differing perspectives. Paperbackpages. 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 or not, why they did.

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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. I highly recommend seeing a performance of this play in addition to reading it. The following section focuses on established racial tensions under the topics of gangs along with the police versus the citizens of color. I dislike books that are too one-sided because they never mention what the other side feel and what if they 192 in their shoes.

The twiight each monologue is told makes the play appealing and true to character. Sep ddavere, Sadie Hillier 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, veavere community leaders, affected shopowners, politicians, police officials, victims of random violence, fearful davere, to Reginald Denny, the white truck driver whose beating during the riots was also captured on video.

I hear from people all over the world who are doing this type of work. And why do we continue to accept it? You know, Thomas Jefferson wrote in the “Notes on the State of Virginia” many things that were distressing, but among them, in making a plan for public education, a plan for “discovering the excellent ones and throwing away the rubbish.


The description is very long but gives a strong idea of the type of family the Parks are. 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 their aftermath. Want deafere Read saving…. The true charm of this piece is twilightt fact that one actress plays every part and with a talented actress, the show really comes to life. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

This play is much more powerful when it is watched as opposed to when its read. Los Angeles offers insight into the complex world of race relations.

It is understandable considering that some of the characters are ex-gang members or just simply people who tend to curse a lot. This book is, essentially, a re-ordered transcript of Anna Deavere Smith’s act. Both llos are considered trailblazers in a genre that has become known as verbatim theatre.

Anna Deavere Smith’s play demonstrates the human cost of letting inequality fester. It is really an oral history of where we were after the LA riots ofand how different people reacted to it. I feel like Smith just waiting for the morning of to put everything together and she took all her interviews with people and put them in a pile and I hated this book.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The script for Twilight: Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman docu-play “Twilight: This play–a document of various voices of people connected to the arrest, trial and riots– is powerful and insightful.

Dec 04, Emma Getz rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s amazing how relevant this play is still in our historical moment, and there are so many parallels to modern current events. Blacks are portrayed as the victim and whites are portrayed as the enforcers, everyone else other minorities are in between.