ANNA DEAVERE SMITH TWILIGHT PDF

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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At the beginning of each monologue, Smith gives a description of her interviewees, putting her skill at characterization to work.

I dislike books that are too Compared to Fire in the Mirrors by Anna Deavere Rwilight, I annw this book better because it was easier to follow. As with most of Deavere Smith’s plays that rely on verbatim transcripts of interviews, I wonder how much credit she should get as a dramatic ssmith and not as a performer. The Los Angeles riots were an eye opening account of the racial and socioeconomic tensions that were occurring within the citizens of L.

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 dsavere violence and turmoil.

This book reproduces the script of a one-woman show about the Los Angeles riots in the wake of the Rodney King police brutality verdicts. Sometimes the characters in Twilight express optimism about the future, but again and again, we see them grappling with questions of race, inequality, and privilege.

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The Rodney King arrest was such a turning point. Extremely fascinating analysis of the Rodney King riots in LA using real quotes from interviews and court hearings.

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 qnna to the stage are still fascinating in book form. Don’t sell this work short–do yourself a favor and watch it instead of read and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Twilight: Los Angeles, by Anna Deavere Smith

Twilight is a culmination of interviews that Smith had with key players of the events those who were directly influenced. It is a weakness that can be well overlooked but is there smihh. Published March 15th by Anchor first published March 1st Los Angeles was created from the words of those interviewed, verbatim.

This play–a document of various voices of people connected to the arrest, trial and riots– is powerful and insightful. It gives the perspectives of a former police officer, a witness to the beating, a white juror from the trial, and the district attorney.

These interviews serve as the foundation for the dialogue that ends up creating this one person performance play. Jan 30, Zach rated it really liked it.

Twilight doesn’t presume to find answers to smtih difficult problems; instead, the main lesson to be learned from it is that 20 years later, the questions it raises largely remain the same. She says she is trying to get to the human quality behind simth crisis and thereby trying to get to the process, the inner workings of society’s problems. The final sections discuss the effects of the riots, the ideologies, and how racial interactions can improve.

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Aug 11, ashwini rated it liked it. Oct 27, Paula Martin rated it really liked it. Apr 20, Diana rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 28, gwayle rated it liked it Shelves: Those feelings and this book lends itself to the deeper narrative of California literature that describe the struggles that many minority groups and people of a lower economic standing continually face.

It’s amazing how relevant this play is still in our historical moment, and there are so many parallels to modern current events. The information on the riots in L. In the book, Paula Weinstein states that she thought it was, “a media fest of making white people scared of the African-American community” Smith, To make her readers aware of others and their differing sith.

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Some people may say that the officer was doing their job within their parameters and there was no brutality through overpowering the other. The city has abused cops. Smith makes it easy to envision each person in their environment as well as empathize with them. Znna use of a poetic structure throughout the work adds to the underlying meaning.