TRANSCRIPT Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is one of the most accomplished people in American theater. She’s an incredible actor, playwright and scholar. But, Anna’s also a trailblazer. Plays like Fires in the Mirror and Let Me Down Easy have pushed the boundaries of traditional theater. But Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is perhaps the most exemplary of her work. Anna interviewed over 300 people about the Rodney King beating and its aftermath. And she turned their words into a play where she acted every part. 30 years ago, that show premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Now, the show is back at the Mark Taper Forum for a second run. It’s been revised for a group of five people of different ages, genders and races. This week on Bullseye, Anna Deavere Smith joins us to talk about the revised production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Plus, what it’s like to revisit such an iconic piece after so many years.

Guests: Anna Deavere Smith

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