Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Signature Theatre continues its 2021-2022 off-Broadway season with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, written by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Taibi Magar.
Performances are staged at The Irene Diamond Stage within the Pershing Square Signature Center.
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. Smith’s transformative study of the 1992 L.A. riots reveals the fault lines that set the city ablaze. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform.