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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 - Off-Broadway

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. 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.

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The Pershing Square Signature Center [Irene Diamond Stage]

(New York, NY)
480 West 42nd Street (between Dyer and 10th Avenues)
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by Julie Musbach - Sep 9, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the SeptemberPanel, What TRU Can Do for You: A Free Introduction to Our Community, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 9, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the SeptemberPanel, What TRU Can Do for You: A Free Introduction to Our Community, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor. This introduction to TRU is free for everyone. E-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com or register online at https://truonline.org/events/what-tru-can-do/ using the bright red ticketing box.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 24, 2020
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh; Andreas G. Frank, president, Front Line Care, Hillrom Company; Senator Rachel May (D-53rd) New York State Senate; and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner are the first guests in a series of eight video interviews, a?oe100 Conversations for Change,a?? a new initiative from 100 Black Men of Syracuse, created and hosted by President Drake Harrison and produced in partnership with Syracuse Stage and Black Cub Productions.
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2019
On this day, we celebrate the birthday of playwright, activist, actor, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith.
by Natasha Ashley - Sep 16, 2020
Syracuse Stage has announced plans for adjustments to the 2020/2021 season in order to address the continuing impact of the Covid-19 virus. Three previously announced plays will be replaced in the six show season. The Cold Read Festival of New Plays returns with additional enhanced experiences. A series of community focused performances and conversations will be added and subscribers will be given access to a series of special interviews and behind the scenes looks guided by Syracuse Stage artistic leadership.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 16, 2020
In response to the ongoing public safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory announced today that it is making adjustments to its 2020-21 season. The program is switching over to a two-show season with each show containing the full ensemble of student actors.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2020
Syracuse Stage announced today plans for adjustments to the 2020/2021 season in order to address the continuing impact of the Covid-19 virus.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 14, 2020
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its annual free Meet and Greet Introductory gathering, this year revamped for social distancing via Zoom and addressing the adjustments the organization has made during the current pandemic. You are invited to join us for Staying TRU in Tough Times, and What Our Community Can Offer You on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 via Zoom.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 13, 2019
This is not your ordinary play: it features a wrestling match, ballet, jug band, vaudeville show, and a presidential roast. Kennesaw State University's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies will present the cult classic '45 Plays for 45 Presidents' September 24-29 at the Onyx Theater on the Kennesaw campus.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 10, 2020
Signature Theatre will host a series of events through their SigSpace virtual programming with Signature Playwright-in-Residence Anna Deavere Smith, exploring Smith's play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 as it relates to current civil unrest awoken by the deaths of George Floyd and many others.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 6, 2020
Thirty years ago, the nation watched the police beating of Rodney King and the ensuing riots in Los Angeles unfold on television in real time, right in their living rooms. This Fall, Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. (DDTCo.) presents a streaming cinematic theatre production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, directly to audiences for 16 nights, Nov. 6-21, 2020.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 1, 2020
An exclusive viewing party of the first production to kick-off Crossroads Theatre Company's 2020-2021 season is being offered to the theatre's members on Sunday, October 4 at 4pm Eastern time via ZOOM. The Members Only event will feature Crossroads alumnus Anna Deavere Smith's film Twilight: Los Angeles 1992. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2020
Signature Theatre has announced today that their 2021-22 Season will feature five works by five Resident Playwrights, including a production by Signature's Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, world premiere plays from Residency 5 playwrights Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Samuel D. Hunter & a New York premiere by Dominique Morisseau.
by Drew Eberhard - Nov 18, 2020
27 Characters, 1 performer, allow me to say it again…27 DIFFERENT CHARACTERS, 1 PERFORMER. Over the course of a 2 Hour span, 1 Performer has the daunting task of honing in on 27 different perspectives, different accounts of a real event. A real event that happened in 1992 but hits just as hard at the core today as it did a mere 28 years ago. Think about that for a minute; an event that happened 28 years ago is just as real, just as haunting today as it was back then. In a world surrounded by testimony on all sides of the spectrum, in a world surrounded by opinions where does the grey area fall? Why are events so controversial then be just as relevant in the world we know today? This brings back to memory the prologue from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, “Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean…” Now 28 years later this has very much become, “…the two-hour traffic of our stage.”
by Michael Dale - Nov 13, 2019
It's been a long-time point of pride among New Yorkers to be living in the most culturally and ethnically diverse spot on the planet, and given the history of the planet you can say that, comparatively, the city has done pretty well in encouraging a society of integration and acceptance.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2020
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory is presenting its first entirely online production, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, streaming from December 9 - 20, 2020. The show was originally announced to run from December 2 -13 but these dates have been shifted and the show will now be available from December 9 -20.
by Julie Musbach - May 8, 2019
Theater Alliance closes its Season 16 with Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem by two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Dane Figueroa Edidi. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2021
Over 100 talented young NYC public school theatre artists made their VIRTUAL Broadway debuts in this special 2021 edition of The Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for NYC Public Schools. James Monroe Iglehart (Hamilton) hosted this year's seventh annual event, usually performed live on the stage of a Broadway theatre.
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2021
Over 100 talented young NYC public school theatre artists will make their VIRTUAL Broadway debuts in this special 2021 edition of The Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for NYC Public Schools.
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2019
SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City.
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2020
As the shutdown continues, BroadwayWorld is keeping you up to date on the latest announcements and updates from New York's Off-Broadway theatres. 
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2021
Binghamton University's previously announced production of “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” has been canceled in response to student pushback.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Mar 5, 2021
Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992 is an unflinching look at race relations from the voices of the people that were there, whether in the heart of it or bystanders portrayed by one woman: Andresia Moseley.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 5, 2021
​​​​​​​ “Annapurna” is the name of a massif in the Himalaya mountain range, the Hindu goddess of nourishment and the next play in the reimagined and fully digital Syracuse Stage 2020/2021 season. Written by Sharr White and directed by Stage artistic director Robert Hupp, “Annapurna” is a carefully balanced blend of sharp comedy and surprisingly tender drama that draws inspiration from both meanings of its title.
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 23, 2021
The PEN America Literary Awards Program has just announced the 2021 career achievement award winners. This year’s honorees are Anne Carson, Kwame Dawes, Daniel Alexander Jones, Pierre Joris, and Tony-winning playwright/director George C. Wolfe with the PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 2, 2021
A “living newspaper,” Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 doesn't take sides or offer solutions to the complicated, fraught issues but instead presents the consequences from that moment, leaving it in the hands of the audience to consider.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 19, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents a Writer-Director Communications Lab on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00am - 6:00pm at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54 Street PH1, New York, NY 10019. This Lab focuses on facilitating communication between writers and directors to ensure that collaborations run as smoothly as possible. For writers and directors, there is a $75 fee for TRU members and an $85 fee for non-members. Observers are also welcome to come watch and learn. Please reserve using the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/communications-lab-19/ or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 18, 2021
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre's latest production, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, explores the riots that erupted when the police officers charged in the 1991 violent beating of Rodney King were acquitted. Playwright Anna Deavere Smith, an innovator in documentary theatre, interviewed hundreds of Angelenos over 9 months, creating a mosaic of classes, professions, genders, and races that tells the story from the perspectives of multiple witnesses.
by Drew Eberhard - Mar 13, 2021
As the lights descend on the stage set on the inside of the Coral Gables Police precinct, not a sound is heard. With bated breath, I and the sold-out opening night audience awaited what was to be on display in a matter of seconds. At rising we see Kendra a woman alone in the police station, only the sound of rolling thunder is heard. Kendra anxious and silent, paces and sends a text message, lost in thought, lost in panic, in a world all too close to home in this present timeline we, like Kendra, fear the worst. Similarly, over the past two years, books have been written, protests have been done, all in support of one initiative, and Christopher Demos-Browns’ script bears witness to the present struggle.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Mar 11, 2019
BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 10, 2021
Wolfe won Tony Awards for his Broadway productions of 'Angels in America: Millennium Approaches' and 'Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk.'
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jun 8, 2020
In response to the national crisis in the aftermath of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery (Brunswick, GA), Breonna Taylor (Louisville, KY), and most recently George Floyd (Minneapolis, MI) THIRTEEN's Great Performances resumes free streaming of Marc Levin's film adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith's play 'Twilight: Los Angeles.'
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jun 3, 2019
When it comes to directors of live theatre, they don't get much bigger than George C. Wolfe, who has a whopping seventeen Broadway credits on his resume. This season, Wolfe was back at the helm of the ship at the Booth Theatre, where he brought Taylor Mac's zany, 'batshit crazy' (-the Hollywood Reporter) and ingenious new play, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus to life.
by Stage Tube - Jun 11, 2020
Signature Theatre Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith speaks to her work at Signature's first play reading for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 8, 2020
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) has announced this year's recipients of grants through the CreateNYC Language Access Fund. 36 NYC-based nonprofits will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 in support of programming that increases access to arts and culture for those whose primary language is not English. The awarded programs represent 12 languages a?" including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and American Sign Language a?" and will serve audiences in all five boroughs.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 27, 2021
​​​​​​​Syracuse Stage continues the 2020/2021 online on-demand season with the stunning documentary drama “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith. “Twilight” will be available as video on demand Feb. 3 – 14 at www.syracusestage.org.
by Drew Eberhard - Jan 25, 2021
Webster defines DOUBT as; “to call into question the truth of: to be uncertain of or in doubt about.” Webster further applies the following definitions for DOUBT as, “ a lack of confidence, an inclination not to believe or accept, as uncertainty of belief or opinion that often interferes with decision making, and finally a deliberate suspension of judgement.”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 16, 2020
Details were announced today for the 35th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Awards will be handed out on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, beginning at 7:00pm EST. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 14, 2021
Syracuse Stage today announced adjustments to the schedule for the remainder of the 2020/2021 season. These adjustments include replacing previously announced shows with new titles and come in direct response to the evolving situation concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2020
Producers Harriet Newman Leve, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner have announced a 2020 Broadway bound production of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.
by Natasha Ashley - Feb 6, 2021
Syracuse Stage never ceases to amaze me with their eye for productions, casting, and unique presentations. I have to say I was concerned when I saw that this streaming production was three hours long. However, it was three hours very well spent. Syracuse Stage’s production of the stunning documentary drama Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith is beautifully and creatively directed by Steve H. Broadnax III.
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Feb 23, 2020
While there are four characters in Kill Move Paradise, and they are endowed with names and hints at backstories, their individual identities don't matter much. They are unified more than distinguished, engaged as they are in a common enterprise, chorally addressing the same issues. Specifically, they are all African American men, all (apparently) killed by police gunfire, who are still coming to terms with the ongoing trauma attendant upon being born black and therefore vulnerable to what happened to them in today's America. And, having landed in an afterlife of some kind, they are required now to come to awareness of their present circumstances, and apparently to heal from the inner wounds their earthly lives have inflicted.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 17, 2021
The awards presented represent the recipient's entire body of work. Other awards given out during the ceremony on April 7th will represent work done over the past year. Those nominees will be announced on March 8th.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 16, 2021
Jobsite Theater presents HAND TO GOD, Robert Askins' Tony-nominated hilariously irreverent play featuring a foul-mouthed puppet.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 11, 2021
George C. Wolfe, the decorated director of the film adaptation of August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' has been tapped to direct 'Rustin,' a new film at Netflix produced by Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions. 
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 1, 2021
After a shortened live run in the reconfigured-for-distance Jaeb Theater, Jobsite is happy to offer a digital stream of DOUBT: A Parable for a one-week run Feb. 5-11.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 4, 2020
Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the statewide shelter in place mandate, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is moving its annual OVATION gala online. The OVATION gala premieres today at https://app.mobilecause.com/e/LYFpiQ?vid=6myzh
by Stephi Wild - Apr 3, 2020
Signature Theatre has announced postponement of its spring productions, including Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and Confederates by Residency 5 playwright Dominique Morisseau.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced that the company’s 30th Anniversary Annual Gala: Three Decades Together, One Future for Us All will take place virtually on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Signature Theatre will present the inaugural Signature Outstanding Artist Award to Resident Playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 11, 2019
The 2019-2020 Signature Theatre Season will feature six works by five resident playwrights, including two productions by Signature's new Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, world premiere plays from Residency 5 playwrights Katori Halland Dominique Morisseau, a New York premiere from new Residency 5 playwright Lauren Yee, and a new production of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Legacy playwright Horton Foote, the company announced today.