Overview

One verdict can change the course of history. The news of the police officers’ acquittal in Rodney King’s police brutality case reverberated throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Variously called a “riot, a revolution, or a social explosion,” the events that followed the verdict drew worldwide attention. Playwright, actor and scholar Anna Deavere Smith responded artistically by dissecting the anatomy of the unrest. She interviewed over 350 Los Angelinos in preparation for the performance. Declared a “rich, panoramic canvas of a national trauma” by The New York Times, Smith’s transformative study of the 1992 L.A. civil unrest reveals the fault lines that set the city ablaze. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform. 

Signature is excited to work with Anna Deavere Smith and director Taibi Magar to reimagine this play for new performers and collaborators.

This production contains footage of extreme racialized violence and instances of racialized and discriminatory language, which some may find disturbing.
 

★★★★★ Critic's Pick

“POWERFUL, TOUCHING AND ILLUMINATING.
Smartly tweaked for an ensemble cast. A very strong cast of five.”

–Time Out New York
 
 

“EXCELLENT REVIVAL.
There’s a moral thrill in the work that will never fade.”

–New York Magazine
 
 

“AS NECESSARY NOW
as when Los Angeles was actively smoldering.”

The New York Times

 

“AS POTENT AS EVER,
reminding of the possibility of art as a unifying force.”

TheaterMania


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Audio Described Performance

Saturday, November 6, 2:00pm

Open Caption Performance

Sunday, November 7, 2:00pm


2021–22 Season

Anna Deavere Smith: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Dominique Morisseau: Confederates
Samuel D. Hunter: A Case for the Existence of God
 
Dates
October 12, 2021 - November 21, 2021
Residency
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The two great minds of Anna Deavere Smith and Dr. Cornel West come together in a discussion following the concluding performance of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Watch them on Signature's YouTube. This event was moderated and co-presented by Broadway Black.

Cast

Elena Hurst

Wesley T. Jones

Francis Jue

Karl Kenzler

Tiffany Rachelle Stewart

Creative

Scenic Design
Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Designer
Linda Cho
Lighting Designer
Alan C. Edwards
Sound Designer
Darron L West
Projection Designer
David Bengali
Movement Coach
Michael Leon Thomas
Dialect Coach
Dawn-Elin Fraser
Sensitivity Specialist
Ann James
Production Stage Manager
Charles M. Turner III
Casting
Caparelliotis Casting and X Casting

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