SEASON 5 | 2020–2021

WRITTEN BY Anna Deavere Smith

DIRECTED BY Malinda L. Beckham

NOV 6 – NOV 21, 2020

STREAMING ONLINE at https://www.showtix4u.com/

RUNTIME: 2 hrs (including one, 5-minute intermission)

In Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, playwright Anna Deavere Smith captures the pain and emotion felt by the diverse witnesses, participants, and victims of the LA riots, in a work of documentary theatre that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class.

Culled from nine months of interviews with more than 300 people, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the acquittal of four police officers involved in the brutal beating of Rodney King.

The Story

The Reason

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 arrived as part of my Dramatists Play Service subscription by surprise. When I opened the box and held the script in my hands, I knew it had a purpose for me.  Before even cracking the cover, I was certain that this play was one we would have to produce. But how in this time of COVID? Halfway into reading the script I stopped and tuned in to Twilight: Los Angeles on PBS’ Great Performances. What I witnessed was honest unique voices, various perspectives, and true opportunities for Houston’s diverse talent to RAISE THEIR VOICE. I was changed and determined that this play was going to be our first streaming production for DDTCo.

Twilight is a true collaboration with more than 30 artists who joined with us to create our first cinematic theatrical experience (I refuse to call it film). Together we worked through Zoom rehearsals—always keeping in mind that we would record the actors and use one continuous take to get as close to a theatrical performance as possible. We also worked through the challenges of presenting such impactful material to a camera lens as our audience. Through that lens we hope to allow the audience to join us and feel as though we are sharing common space.

This play is written and is performed by Ms. Anna Deavere Smith as a one-woman show, as only she can. I hope that the production we have created does her proud and that we have knocked down a few of those 2020 hurdles that put barriers between the theatre and the audience.

I welcome you back with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Lights up!

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“streaming theater magic”

Stills from the streaming production.

The Reviews

In this case of this gorgeously presented, directed, and performed show, less is more, and more equals more.

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Well, let’s just say, I was thoroughly blown away.  

READ THE THE COURIER REVIEW

...the emotional range, from the comic to the tragic and all the scale in between, comes through—comes through relentlessly

The Reaction

...the production flowed impeccably. Well worth watching and takes the edge off my theater deprivation!

This show was fantastic! If you want to support Houston Theatre while embarking on a social and emotional journey—look no further!

The production is just stunning, the acting and directing could not be better, and the play is as relevant today as it was when it premiered decades ago.

The Promotion

MEET THE CAST

The Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Team

CAST

Alan Kim

Chris Oh

Ananka Kohnitz

Elaine Young

CREATIVE TEAM

Malinda L. Beckham

Director

Trevor B. Cone

Sound Design

Julye Newlin

Director of Photography

CREW

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Mark Lewis

Howard Block

Talent Agent

Jay Gracia

Federico Sandoval

Aaron Joseph Herrera

Octavio Sandoval

Philip Kershaw

Keith Watson

Aaron Joseph Herrera

Costume Consultant

John Baker

Callina Anderson

Maria

Nicky Ballard

Angela King

Niesha Dayshaun Bentley

Katie Miller/Elaine Brown

Shelby Blocker

Alice Waters

Derrick Brent II

Paul Parker

Dano Colón

Theodore Briseno

Detrah Brown

Elvira Evers

Domonique L. Champion

Cornel West

Fong Chau

Jin Ho Lee

Kevin Daugherty

Daryl Gates

Misha Elle

Jessye Norman

Jeff Featherston

Bill Bradley

Christine Weems

Mrs. June Park

Jimmy Vollman

Shelby Coffey III

LaKeisha Randle

Maxine Waters

Giovanni Sandoval

Rudy Salas, Sr.

Krystal M. Uchem

Gina Rae

Melissa J. Marek

Judith Tur

Hannah Lee

Mrs. Young-Soon Han

Pin Lim

Walter Park

Kyle Anthony Mosley

Twilight Bey

John Patterson

Sergeant Charles Duke

John Raley

Stanley K. Sheinbaum

Donna Bella Litton

Josie Morales

Todd Thigpen

Charles Lloyd

Corey Bar

Joe Viola

Editor/Production Stage Manager/Photographer

Production Manager

Production Assistant

Steven Benson

Original Music