Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 10:00PM

UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies - Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

May 3-10, 2014 Image of palm trees superimposed over an LAPD badge
Kogod Theatre

Presented By the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies as part of the Civil War to Civil Rights series.

Directed by Caroline Clay

Sat, May 3, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sun, May 4, 2014 . 2:00PM
Sun, May 4, 2014 . 7:30PM
Wed, May 7, 2014 . 7:30PM
Thu, May 8, 2014 . 7:30PM
Fri, May 9, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sat, May 10, 2014 . 2:00PM
Sat, May 10, 2014 . 7:30PM
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In 1991, the violent police assault of African American Rodney King ignited international outrage after being captured on videotape and aired widely. A year later in 1992, in the aftermath of the trial and acquittal of the police officers charged with assault, protest and riots broke out in the streets of Los Angeles, where the incident took place.

MacArthur ‘Genius’ award-winning playwright and Tony-award nominated actress Anna Deavere Smith weaves a stunning, comprehensive portrait through the verbatim words of 40 people from the ashes of the riots in this explosive piece of documentary theatre. Nominated for the 1994 Tony Award for Best Play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is the result of nearly 300 interviews Smith conducted in a nine-month span with gang members, police officers, lawyers, activists and shopkeepers from a diversity of class and racial backgrounds.

Learn more about this ground-breaking work, its author, and the events that took place on the streets of LA in 1992 and their aftermath in the University of Maryland Libraries:


Playwright Anna Deavere Smith

Books by Anna Deavere Smith, including the Tony award-nominated Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning play Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities

  • eBooks: Interested in instantly accessing our collection of eBooks that reference Anna Deavere Smith? Don't miss these titles, available on demand to anyone with a current UMD directory ID and password.

Film: As an actress, Anna Deavere Smith has appeared in both feature films and television dramas like The West Wing and Nurse Jackie. Check out these captivating performances, available in Hornbake Library's Non-Print Media collection.


Los Angeles, 1992

Writings on the history and aftermath of the 1991 beating of Rodney King and the protests and riots that occurred in response to the acquittal of the police officers charged with his assault.

  • eBooks: Want instant access to eBooks that address this seminal event in legal and race relations in the United States? Access these titles with your UMD directory ID and password.
  • ThesisDon't miss UMD student Michael Shaffer's 2004 sociology thesis "The Relationship of Demographic Variables to the Amount and Persistence of Attitude Change toward the Los Angeles Police Department After the Rodney King Incident."

Film: Discover films that explore the aftermath of the 1992 LA race riots from a variety of perspectives, including the effect on Korean American female shopkeepers who suffered more than half of the material losses sustained in the conflict, a look at the lives of Bloods gang members in the years following the incident, and the interpretation of racial issues by television news networks and its effect on the American public.

Articles: Interested in academic analysis of the events that occurred on the streets of LA in 1992? Delve into findings published in scholarly journals like the Harvard Law Review, the Journal of Crime and Justice, Critical Criminology, and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management. A highlight of this list is Robin Bernstein's article in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, "Rodney King, Shifting Modes of Vision, and Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992", available in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.