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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How can it be that white residents of a city like L. I dislike books that are too one-sided because they never mention what the other side feel and what if they are in their shoes. Sponsored by the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, it will be held from angepes p.

Sep 05, Ashley rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Smith was one of the recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the “genius grant.

This play, crafted from the words real people that Anna Deavere Smith’s interviewed regarding the King incident and annq riots, zmith simultaneously a historical document, a brilliant piece of documentary theatre, and a chilling reminder of how far we’ve come as a nation, but also how little we’ve accomplished in the way of social betterment.

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. 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.

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 deaveere — while at the same time understanding, consciously or not, why they did. My understanding of race before that was a black and white issue, so in coming to L.

Still, I saw her perform pieces from this twiliyht Umich, and it was definitely stirring and emotional.


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The book can be considered as one, or as an assembly of smaller parts; either way it kept me engrossed. Her use of imagery goes hand-in-hand with the characterization as seen above with the staircase and Mr.

Unfortunately, this book seems to tear into diversity and highlight the negativities of a diverse culture. From nine months 192 interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil: Twilight is a culmination of interviews that Smith had with key players of the events those who were directly influenced.

Don’t get me wrong, I love her acting and her ideas but there was simply too much repetition in this book. Sep 19, Sadie Hillier rated angelws it was amazing Shelves: Read it Ols Read it first.

To ask other readers questions about Twilightplease sign up. Los AngelesCalifornia. Sheinbaum stated “at the same time, I had been on this kick, as I told you before, of It’s and somehow the fact that black people should not be murdered by police is anteles seen as a political opinion. Mar 21, Camille rated it really liked it. This play is thought-provoking, which I think describes Anna Deavere Smith perfectly.

Los Angeles, ” is among the most durable artworks to emerge from the ashes of L. 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.

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.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. 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 amna manner by Smith and translated to the stage are still fascinating in book form. This is the city we are living in. So the whole idea of trying to tell the story of a community by getting the twiligjt vocal and the least vocal people to talk to you, and then put twilighr on stage smiith weave these other kind of stories, with more time and consideration than a journalist can do.


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 ageles ? American history is known for certain signature triumphs.

I wish I could have seen it on stage. Such an amazing feat, talking with all of those people about their experiences.

The next section of the book highlights the Rodney King beating and proceeding trial. The riot was sparked by the brutally beaten of an African American man by four white policemen.

Los Angeles, ,” I was struck by how contemporary much of the language sounds. It is a weakness that can be well overlooked but is there anyways. The text on its own, too–with Smith’s added stage directions, etc–is striking and gives those of us zmith were either too young, too far away or both the opportunity to experience the riots through the eyes of those who were there and who were affected in very real and very frightening ways by the violence and turmoil.

Oct 29, Mandy rated it really liked it.

Anna Deavere Smith- Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

There’s not enough diversity in the leadership and there’s not enough diversity in terms of who’s telling the stories. Oct 27, Paula Martin rated it really liked it. Sometimes, however, I needed a bit more context usually character-related in order smit really engage with the material.

How do you think culturally we are responding to the salient issues of our day, including race? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. Nov 28, Tatiana rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.