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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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Smith’s interviews are often wrenching, sometimes humorous, and always powerful. Mar 15, Pages. Anna Deavere Smith not only wrote Twilight but also acted it out as a solo actor.

One, the generosity of the citizens of Los Angeles, the over people who spoke to me and spoke to me very openly and from the heart, and the kind of talking that all my work is about — the kind of talking, I say, that becomes singing because it’s so deeply felt. Even getting an interview from one of the members of the military that were sent out to Los Angeles during the riots would have been an interesting addition to this play.

This piece touches on so many racial nuances and perspectives of the whole situation. Everyone felt so deeply from their point of view about what had happened and I interviewed such a broad range of people, from one of the Simi Valley jurists who let the cops go, to Kiki Watson [Henry Keith “Kiki” Watson], who was caught on tape involved with beating Reginald Denny, Reginald Denny himself, Daryl Gates, some of the cops, and then all kinds of people from all over Los Angeles.

Smith’s work is a wonderful look into a pressured and divided society at the breaking point. Written in the manner of a reality TV show; Twilight is like watching one half of an interview. That is to say it promotes that one race is superior to the other, whether it is white over black or black over white. Imagery is also what helps put the play under the genre of California Literature. 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.


The play is composed of a series of monologues by real people connected directly and indirectly to the riots; the text of the monologues is taken verbatim from interviews that Smith had conducted with them.

It gives the perspectives of a former police officer, a witness to the beating, a white juror from the trial, and the smitb attorney.

Smith holds nothing back while interlocking the accounts of several different subjects. It is a masterpiece. See all books by Anna Deavere Smith. There are several other accounts that make references towards the media feeling that they actually over exaggerated tensions.

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His scores make his case. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Sep 20, Miss Karen Jean Martinson rated it really liked it. The other strength within this book is the fact that Smith took the time to interview people of many different ethnicities, background, and economic standings. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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.

I mean this city has abused both sides.

They live from grandmama to mama to girlfriend. It’s almost impossible to classify this work into a single category, but if I was asked to try I would have to say it is most akin to a docudrama.

Jan 25, WaiThain rated it did not like it. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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Nov 26, Pages. Her style of writing and informing the public about these incidence is very creative and genuine. Looking for More Great Reads? Angwles dislike books that are too one-sided because they never mention what the other side feel and what twiligt they are in their shoes. 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 turned that in.


May 21, BrookeAshley rated it really liked it. Her use of a poetic structure throughout the work adds to the underlying meaning. I 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. This play–a document of various voices of people connected to the arrest, trial and riots– is powerful and insightful.

Please add cover image. Aug 09, Greg rated it liked it. 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.

It is really an oral history of where we were after the LA riots ofand how different people reacted to it. Aug 18, Matthew rated it really liked it. For example, Stanley K. Anna Deavere Smith’s play demonstrates the human cost of letting inequality fester. This is the city we are living in. I would recommend deavvere play to anyone, but especially those who are unfamiliar with Rodney King and the riots.

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. Twilight doesn’t presume to find answers to these difficult problems; instead, the main lesson to be learned from qnna is that 20 years later, the questions it raises largely remain the same. 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” could be oos by a theater today?