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  "The Revolutionary Theatre must Accuse and Attack anything that can be accused and attacked.  It must kill any God anyone names except common Sense." 

-Amiri Baraka

Performed September 3 - 26, 2009
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

the regional debut of
Voices of the 1992 LA Riots

by Anna Deavere Smith
review of our production:
"Groundbreaking and powerful"

Colin Dabkowski, BUFFALO NEWS 9/9/09
click here to read this review

     To kick off our 2009-2010 Season of Plays, we were thrilled to present the regional debut of Anna Deavere Smith's incendiary docu-drama TWILIGHT.  This breath-taking docu-drama beautifully captured the sorrow, the drama, the intensity, the prejudice, the pain, and even a few fleeting moments of comedy that made up the L.A. Riots of 1992.  Touching on issues of injustice, race hatred, inequality, police brutality, gang violence, and urban anger, our production of TWILIGHT rang out with no less relevance than when it was first written in the immediate aftermath of Riots in 1992.

Click below for more info...
-- About the Author
-- About the Cast & Crew
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Production Photos
-- Return to TWILIGHT Mainpage
-- Buffalo News Review 9/9/09
-- Buffalo News Article 9/13/09
-- Playwright's Notes
-- Chronology of the LA Riots

     Using her self-styled approach to "Documentary Theatre", Obie Award-winning playwright Anna Deavere Smith interviewed dozens of people who directly experienced the Riots -- from famous names like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Trucker Reginald Denny, and Black Panther Leader Elaine Brown to everyday, firefighters, gang members, Korean store owners, etc. -- and crafted them into a two-act play where one actress portrays all these disparate characters in a series of short  monologues.
     The result is a play that tells audiences  about the heart-wrenching events of the Riots with the words of people who actually lived through it.  Their many stories boil with pain and prejudice, with disgust and disbelief, with outrage and resistance and forms a crucial reminder of the largest-scale urban uprising in American History.
     For our production, we were very lucky to feature local actress Victoria Perez in play's 19 different roles.   Male and female, old and young, Black, white, Latino, Asian, angry and compassionate, outspoken and shy, direct and evasive, defiant and repentant -- Victoria deftly recreated TWILIGHT's dizzying array of real life characters in a tour-de-force performance.
     In his three-and-a-half star review, Buffalo News Arts Writer Colin Dabkowski proclaimed our production to be "A ground-breaking piece of documentary theatre [with] pit stops at every imaginable spot on the emotional spectrum."  In a subsequent article he further declared: "Taking in a performance of TWILIGHT is an antidote . . .  By witnessing the racially motivated strife of another city --  from the distance of almost two decades and some 2,500 miles -- we can gain insight into the complexities of our own city's racial disparities and struggles."
We at Subversive Theatre were honored to have the opportunity to bring this all TOO relevant play to Buffalo audiences.  Here the rundown on who did what:

Victoria Perez

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Virginia Brannon*
Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Zeller*
Set Design . . . . . . . . . . . . Dyan O'Connell*
Sound Design . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .Joe Grabka
Costume Design . Tamara S. Hopersberger*
Lighting Design . . . . . . .  Craig Freudenthal*
Videography  Brian Milbrand, Holly Johnson
House Management . . . . . . . .  Tom Scahill*

Additional sound recordings were generously compiled by Brian Wantuch, Virginia Brannon*, and Rachel Zeller*

Special thanks for the use of technical equipment and support materials goes out to the Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, David King, Jim Knight, Susan Anner, Brian Zybala, Brian Wantuch, and the Theatre Department of Niagara University.

Poster, Playbill and Web Design as well as Photography was provided by Kurt Schneiderman*

Special thanks also goes out to Tom Izard*, Michael Fanelli*, Jack Agugliaro*, and Kurt & Jeanette Schneiderman* for assistance with Theatre Set-Up and Construction.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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