Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Previews begin April 28, 2020; Opening May 2020 (Exact Date T/C); Limited Engagement through May 31, 2020 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd St.)

Contact: Chris Boneau / Heath Schwartz / Imani Punch

Signature Theatre will present a revival of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 written by Signature’s new Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Taibi Magar.

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.