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Twilight: Los Angeles, is a one-woman play written and originally performed by Anna Deavere Smithan American actress, playwright and professor. It is about the Los Angeles riots. The play is composed of a series of monologues by real people connected directly and indirectly Demon Dance - Various - Godzone Metal the riots. Smith chose the texts of the monologues and the subjects from interviews that she had conducted with more than individuals in the process of researching the play.
It is considered an example of the genre of verbatim theatre. The play was nominated in for a Tony Award for Best Play.
Smith interviewed some people to gain opinions and viewpoints about the events related to the riots. From these interviews, she chose numerous subjects to feature as characters of the play, including such public officials as LAPD chief Daryl Gates and Congresswoman Maxine Waters ; a nameless juror on the Rodney King police trial, which acquittal of police officers in his attack was a catalyst for the riots; various victims and instigators of violence in South Central, including white truck driver Reginald Dennywho was beaten; and residents of greater Los Angeles with their own view of the events, including singer Jessye Norman and actor Charlton Heston.
It was also a one-woman play composed of monologues taken from interview transcripts. Both plays are considered trailblazers in a genre that has become known as verbatim theatre. Cavatina - Various - Hollywood & Co recreated her roles in a filmed production entitled Twilight: Los Angelesdirected by Marc Levin. In April Smith returned to Los Angeles to take part in a "community conversation" marking the 20th-anniversary of the riot.
It was sponsored by the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, Twilight Girl - The Brave Ones - Los Angeles was to be held at Robert F. Catalina Street. Katselas Theatre Company mounted a production of Twilight at the Skylight Theater, with a "multiethnic cast of 25 performing many of the characters originally all portrayed by Smith".
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