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11 January – 03 February

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

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Box office: 020 7229 0706

Press night
  • Monday 15 January 2018

Young People's Night
  • £7.50 tickets for Under 26's
    Friday 26 January 2018

Caption night
  • Performance and post-show talk is captioned
    suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    or use English as a second language
    
    Thursday 1 February 2018

This is a city at war with its own children.

When the policemen accused of assaulting young, black taxi driver Rodney King were acquitted, deadly riots broke out across LA, laying bare the recurring pattern of racial oppression and police brutality in America.

For this ground-breaking piece of verbatim theatre, Obie Award-winning writer-performer Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people from police commissioners to Rodney King’s family about those devastating few days in the summer of 1992.

These are their words.

 

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11 January – 3 February 2018
Anna Deavere Smith is currently a University Professor at New York University where she teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, dedicated to supporting artists whose works address social issues and engender civic engagement. She is perhaps best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie.

In addition to her work in television and film, Anna is said to have created a new form of theatre. Following her interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates theater works in which she plays many characters – as many as 52 in one production – representing multiple points of view. When granted the prestigious MacArthur Award, her work was described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Her work has been celebrated simultaneously for its journalistic detail as well as its empathic treatment of the people she portrays. David Richard wrote in the New York Times that Anna Deavere Smith “is the ultimate impressionist. She does people’s souls.”

Anna is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the National Humanities Medal, presented to her by President Obama in 2013. She has been the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, two Tony nominations, and two Obies. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Fires In the Mirror. Honorary degrees include those from Yale University, Juilliard, Barnard, the University of Pennsylvania, Radcliffe, Wesleyan, Williams College, Northwestern University as well as many others. 

11 January – 03 February

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Press night
  • Monday 15 January 2018

Young People's Night
  • £7.50 tickets for Under 26's
    Friday 26 January 2018

Caption night
  • Performance and post-show talk is captioned
    suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    or use English as a second language
    
    Thursday 1 February 2018