Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, a documentary theatre play created by Anna Deavere Smith (award winning actress and dramatist), will be performed at the Antioch Township Building (1625 Deep Lake Road, Lake Villa, IL) on Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th, at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online on our website or at the door.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 was originally conceived, written, and performed solo by Anna Deavere Smith. She conducted over 300 interviews with politicians, community activists, police, jurors, shopkeepers, and more who directly and indirectly experienced the Los Angeles uprising that happened when four police officers were acquitted after the Rodney King police brutality case. As Smith says, "Twilight is an attempt to explore the shades of (LA’s) loss. It is not really an attempt to find causes or to show where responsibility was lacking. Theater can mirror society. But in order to do that theater must embrace diversity. It must include new characters in our human drama that have not been portrayed on our stages. I went to Los Angeles as part of this process, to listen to those who had lived through the disturbances and to reiterate their voices in the theater."
Mosaic Players will be presenting the play with four actors - Renee Johnson, Allison Fradkin, Gary Luz, and Chris Riter - playing the individuals Smith interviewed for the project. Some of the famous figures in the show are Dr. Cornel West, police officer Ted Briseno, opera singer Jessye Norman, and activist chef Alice Waters among many others. The artistic team for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is led by Artistic Director Rebecca Zellar. Bonnie Hart and Jeanna Daebelliehn are stage managing, Daniel Melendez is the technical designer, and Daniel Esquivel helped design the set. Costumes, props, and stage decoration are a cast and crew collaboration.
The event will be indoors. Masks are encouraged but not required. For specific questions about bringing the show to an event near you or for content, age-appropriateness or effects that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact Rebecca Zellar at firstname.lastname@example.org.