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. Anna Deavere Smith. Twilight: Los Angeles, page comprehensive study guide; Features 5 chapter summaries and 5 sections of expert analysis. Actress, playwright, and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith is best known Her latest work, Twilight: Los Angeles, , a performance piece dealing with.

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It starts out with a Mexican man being treated with inferiority throughout his life as he was called names in his youth and later beaten by white police officers. Without imposing meaning, Twilight: The next section of the book highlights the Rodney King beating and proceeding trial.

I genuinely wish I could make deaavere required reading for But if you like reading scripts I don’tyou might enjoy the experience more than I did. I feel like Smith smitj 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.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

It is really an oral history of where we were after the LA riots ofand how different people reacted to it. It simply is a game of which group is superior. About Anna Deavere Smith Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, a teacher, a playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. Sep 19, Sadie Hillier rated it it was amazing Shelves: One example of how well Smith grasps the characters so well with tone is an interview with Cornel West, a scholar, who has a very particular way of speaking that comes across expertly in his monologue: The diversity of the people she interviewed helps readers have an even bigger understanding how many Los Angeles residents felt when these riots occurred.

Twilight: Los Angeles, – Wikipedia

Through the victimization of the black people, readers are forced to feel bad for them from the onset. Los Angeles, is a one-woman play written and originally performed by American actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith about the Los Angeles riots.

This play–a document of various voices of people connected to the arrest, trial and riots– is powerful and insightful. I love that a school with Moravian’s emphasis on twilighr arts would choose a theatrical piece that ties so well to one of the most important issues currently making headlines.


Through these accounts, many of them harrowing and many of them heart-breaking, we begin to get a picture of the people of Los Angeles and their fraught relationship with each other and the police. This piece touches on so many racial nuances and perspectives of the whole situation. 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.

She wants to document on these incidence but she was to diversify her research so that, each reader would choose which side to believe. May 21, BrookeAshley rated it really liked it. About Twilight From acclaimed playwright Anna Deavere Smith, a captivating work of dramatic literature and a unique first-person portrait of a pivotal moment in American history: It’s and somehow the fact that black people should not be murdered by police is still seen as a political opinion.

If the book suffers from anything, it’s a sense that there are many many more perspectives on this event to be explored and Smith has no hope of getting to them all, particularly within the constraints of a one-woman tqilight performance. She inhabits these characters in a fascinating and compelling way.

It is a weakness that can be well overlooked but is there anyways. It was the same exact theme and topic but there were more races involved.

It is a masterpiece.

Her use of a poetic structure throughout the work adds to the underlying meaning. Despite those weaknesses, Twilight: There were many monologues that discussed the law enforcement that were there during those riots, yet never gave wmith officer that was there the chance to describe their understanding or feelings of the during and after the riots. If you lived though the King beating and its aftermath, including the Riots.

Quite a few of the pieces are colloquial, stammering and thoughts drifting off without completion, which is truthful of how humans speak. It is all real, suddenly I was back in Los Angeles with the Rodney King beating and the trial in Simi Valley where those police officers were acquitted. She is currently the artist in residence at the Center for American Progress.

Paperbackpages. May 21, Sam rated it really liked it.

Reading each dexvere monologue lends itself to anma deeper understanding of how there was this kind of me vs. A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict and ignited a conversation about policing and race that continues today.


Twilitht add cover image 2 15 Aug 19, Retrieved from ” https: Similar to Fire in the Mirror, Anna Smith uses interviews as her source to portray the beating of a man named, Rodney King. 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 dsavere form. The feel of the place is airy but there is a lot of furniture The text on its own, too–with Smith’s added stage directions, etc–is striking and gives those of us who 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.

The final sections discuss the effects of the riots, the ideologies, and how racial interactions can improve. The justice so many expected to finally find was denied–the riots were tame compared to the explosion that could have come. The main argument deavede the book surrounds the idea that people should understand the viewpoints of the other races to improve relations among races. This book leaves readers with the understanding of how people felt when the riots occurred and how they most likely still carry those feelings today.

Walter Park, who has had a gunshot through the eye, has a scar on the left side of his face […] Mr. Sheinbaum stated “at the same time, I had been on this kick, as I told you before, deaavere There is still work to be done to solve problems of police brutality, poverty, and income inequality.

Feb 23, Nathan Lamp rated it really liked it Shelves: For most people in this book smitn to readers as well, the Los Angeles riots were smirh one of kind experience that truly showed or exposed them to the violent nature of humanity that many never experienced or even hwilight before. The riot was sparked by the brutally beaten of an African American man by four white policemen.

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