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. civil unrest reveals the fault lines that set the city ablaze. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform. 

Signature is excited to work with Anna Deavere Smith and director Taibi Magar to reimagine this play for new performers and collaborators.

This production contains footage of extreme racialized violence and instances of racialized and discriminatory language, which some may find disturbing.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are required for all who enter the Center, both audience and staff. Learn more in our COVID-19 Updates.

2021–22 Season

Anna Deavere Smith: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Samuel D. Hunter: A Case for the Existence of God
Dominique Morisseau: Confederates
October 12, 2021 - November 14, 2021


Elena Hurst

Wesley T. Jones

Francis Jue

Karl Kenzler

Tiffany Rachelle Stewart


Scenic Design
Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Designer
Linda Cho
Lighting Designer
Alan C. Edwards
Sound Designer
Darron L West
Projection Designer
David Bengali
Movement Coach
Michael Leon Thomas
Dialect Coach
Dawn-Elin Fraser
Sensitivity Specialist
Ann James
Production Stage Manager
Charles M. Turner III
Caparelliotis Casting and X Casting

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