Anna Deavere Smith

Twilight: Los Angeles

Full Episode

On the 23rd anniversary of the LA riots, Great Performances presents a special encore of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, a riveting theatrical account of the 1992 riots from multiple points of view, which continues to reverberate powerfully within the context of today’s current events. It originally aired on PBS in 2001 and is […]

Twilight: Los Angeles

About the Production

UPDATED June 1, 2015 When Anna Deavere Smith’s drama Twilight: Los Angeles premiered in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, it made national news for its unique and unflinching look at the fallout from the 1992 Los Angeles riots.  Not only did Smith capture the tumultuous aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict, she […]

Let Me Down Easy

Full Episode

Originally presented at Long Wharf Theatre, the play by and starring Anna Deveare Smith received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre. The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC, launching a national tour that concluded […]

Let Me Down Easy

Interview with Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith talks about the process by which her play Let Me Down Easy was created. Called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body. Anna Deavere Smith’s latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on Friday, January 13 at 9 […]

Let Me Down Easy

Preview the Play

Anna Deavere Smith’s latest production, Let Me Down Easy airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Originally presented at Long Wharf Theatre, the play received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre. The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater […]

Production Announcement

Conceived, written and performed by Smith, the production – exploring the health care system and the way our bodies carry us through life – marks the actress, playwright, and author’s third play on PBS, to air on Great Performances 2011-2012.