In this special three-part SigSpace Summit series, TWILIGHT: 2020, Anna Deavere Smith invites guests to have candid conversations about how the protests for the arrests of George Floyd’s killers and resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement echo the events around the arrest and beating of Rodney King revisited in her play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Actors cast for Signature's future production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will join in to ask live questions and offer their unique connections to the work.

In this second installation, Anna interviews Héctor Tobar who was a dramaturg on the original production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and is a Los Angeles-born author and journalist. His books include the novels “The Tattooed Soldier” and “The Barbarian Nurseries,” which won the California Book Award Gold Medal for fiction. His most recent book, the nonfiction account “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times best seller. He teaches journalism at the University of Oregon and was previously, for two decades, a city reporter, foreign and national correspondent, columnist and book critic for The Los Angeles Times. As that newspaper’s bureau chief in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, he covered historic elections, popular uprisings and a coup d’état. He was part of a reporting team at The Los Angeles Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 riots. A son of Guatemalan immigrants, Mr. Tobar was educated entirely in California public schools, including the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, Irvine, where he received an M.F.A. in creative writing/fiction. Mr. Tobar has also been an editor at the LA Weekly, and at the bilingual San Francisco newspaper El Tecolote.


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October 14, 2020