Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies presents
"Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992"



Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, is a docu-play, as it is composed of monologues taken directly from interviews conducted by author and actor Anne Deavere Smith. The individuals interviewed all had some sort of a connection to the LA riots of 1992, including Rodney King, Latasha Harlins, and Reginald Denny. The play offers us an honest look at what people felt and were dealing with at the time of the riots and the time following. The show was originally performed as a one-woman show by Anna Deavere Smith herself, but has since been performed by larger casts.


Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith, 67, is a world-renowned author, actor, playwright, and professor. She is known for both her roles in The West Wing and Nurse Jackie as well as her creation of a new form of theatre, docu-plays and dramas. She currently works as a professor at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University, where she is also the founding director of the Institute of Arts and Civic Dialogue. Smith has various accolades and acknowledgments including: The Humanities Medal presented by President Obama in 2013, MacArthur Award, two nominations for Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize in Drama nomination, and various honorary degrees from prestigious universities.

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 - Video from Kennesaw State University.

THE CAST - The cast sharing their experience working on the show.

Since the beginning of the rehearsal process, the cast has immersed themselves in history in order to retell it in a way that is authentic and compelling. They took the time to understand the events of Los Angeles in 1992 and the way in which it impacted the community, politics, and even art. Each person involved in this production is a building block in a bridge that has truly allowed them to “hold hands with history.”

THE PROCESS - Rehearsal Photo Gallery
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Holding Hands with History