The CSU Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Rodney King and the LA Riots
The 2016 Central State University Theater Season continues on November 18 - 19, when Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Rodney King and the LA Riots is presented in the Robeson Auditorium located in Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. This powerful dramatic work is composed of a series of monologues by real people connected directly and indirectly to the riots; the text of the monologues is taken verbatim from real-life interviews.
The subjects/characters of the play include public officials such as LAPD chief Daryl Gates and congresswoman Maxine Waters; a nameless juror on the Rodney King police trial, whose verdict directly led to the riots; various victims and instigators of violence, including, most famously, truck driver Reginald Denny, and residents of Los Angeles with their own view of the events.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 was originally composed by American actress, playwright and Professor Anna Deavere Smith. The current production is directed by Central State Uuniversity’s Drama Instructor John Fleming. For the production the audience will be invited to sit on the stage as the story intimately unfolds in front and around them.
Reservations are not accepted. Tickets are available by suggested donations at the door. The 2016-17 Theatre Arts Program is presented by Central State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts in conjunction with Title III.
About Central State University:
Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 129-year tradition of preparing students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research and service. The University fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies globally.