GREAT PERFORMANCES "Twilight: Los Angeles"

GREAT PERFORMANCES "Twilight: Los Angeles"

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Anna Deavere Smith as Angela King. 

Credit: Courtesy of Adger W. Cowans

Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. In her powerful one-woman/multi-voiced theater piece, Anna Deavere Smith, who interviewed hundreds of people involved the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict and the lasting impact of the Los Angeles riots on America’s conscience, virtually “becomes” some 30 real-life characters — a Korean grocer, a Hollywood agent, L.A.P.D. captain Daryl Gates, a juror, even NRA spokesperson Charlton Heston. Recounting their stories verbatim, Smith assumes their voices and mannerisms with chameleon-like accuracy, chronicling the complex tragedy from its many cultural perspectives.GREAT PERFORMANCES "Twilight: Los Angeles" airs Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9 p.m. at WXXI-TV.

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