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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Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman docu-play “Twilight: Los Angeles, ” is among the most durable artworks to emerge from the ashes of L.

Based on hours of interviews with 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. Smith, who’s anngeles a college professor and actress known for her recurring role as Dr.

Anna Deavere Smith revisits ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’

Sponsored by the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, it will be held from 7 p. We spoke with Smith recently about “Twilight,” her memory of the traumatic events that inspired it, and her thoughts about the state of contemporary American society.

Here’s an edited transcript of the interview. 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 deavwre so deeply felt.


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 192 Simi Valley jurists who let the cops go, to Kiki Watson [Henry Keith “Kiki” Watson], who was caught on annq 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.

So it still holds a real place in my heart.

And then the process was very interesting. My understanding of race before that was a black and white issue, so in coming to Deaverd. Have recent events such as the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida led you to reflect on “Twilight” and where we are as a society compared with ?

I think an awful lot about my experience in L. How do you think culturally we are responding smitth the salient issues of our day, including race? And of course the rapidly growing number of brown people, both men and women, in prison.

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And this is terrible. 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. 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 ann are, I think, under threat.

No, not as well as it could, because there’s just not enough diversity. There’s not enough diversity in the leadership and there’s not enough diversity in terms of who’s telling the stories.


There’s more, but there needs to be even more, with what education costs right now and the struggle to think about twiligh your life is going to be.

Anna Deavere Smith- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

I think some of our most talented people are not going to pick the arts as a way that they’re going to spend their lives. Do you think a work like “Twilight: Los Angeles” could be commissioned by a theater today?

I do absolutely think it could be commissioned today, and you know there’s some people who say I created a new form of theater, and lots of kids are working in this verbatim way here, and in England and Finland. I hear from people all over the world who dmith doing this type of work. So the whole idea of trying to tell the story of a community by getting the 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.

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His scores make his case. Copyright Los Angeles Times.