Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre’s latest production, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, explores the riots that erupted when the police officers charged in the 1991 violent beating of Rodney King were acquitted. Playwright Anna Deavere Smith, an innovator in documentary theatre, interviewed hundreds of Angelenos over nine months, creating a mosaic of classes, professions, genders, and races that tells the story from the perspectives of multiple witnesses.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, is a deeply personal examination of racial tensions, police violence, and their enduring impact on communities. 30 years after the brutal police attack on King was captured by a video camera, the death of George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis last summer, an event also captured on camera, is all too familiar. How much has really changed in America? Smith’s transformative text raises issues of social injustice and challenges audiences to think deeply about our sense of identity and the identities of others.
Originally performed by the author as a solo show, the UW-Green Bay production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will be performed by 10 actors portraying multiple roles. The cast is diverse and the characters they inhabit do not always match their gender or ethnicity. Director Alan Kopischke acknowledges that this may be “uncomfortable seeing (especially white) actors taking on dialects/mannerisms/speech patterns of traditionally marginalized and oppressed people.”
But in his casting, he sought to adhere to the author’s powerful idea that “it is important that some individuals have the ability to walk in the shoes of someone different from them, even an enemy.”
Because this production presents such a powerful and timely message, UW-Green Bay Theatre will stream the production, free of charge, to increase its accessibility. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will be available to stream on-demand March 25-28, 2021. A reservation is required to receive the streaming link. Audiences should note that the production contains adult content and strong language, including profanity and hate speech and is recommended for mature audiences. Additional information about the production and ticket reservation information can be found at www.uwgb.edu/theatre.
About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.