As playwright and performer, Anna Deavere Smith has created a body of theatrical works that she calls "On the Road: A Search for American Character." Based on actual events in recent American history, and evolving from the many interviews she conducts, each play explores the language of racial and cultural differences. Her verbatim portrayals, interwoven with documentary footage, are performed as one-woman shows in which Smith gives voice to characters as diverse as the American experience.
The 14th play in the series, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992" was a progression from Ms. Smith's previous work, "Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, And Other Identities," which explored the 1991 clash between black and Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.
Here you will find interviews with Anna Deavere Smith as she discusses aspects of her work including her search for American character, her process of finding and interviewing people, and the adaptation of stage to screen. These videos require the RealPlayer plug-in. To learn more about the people involved in the production of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, check out the bios of playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith and director Marc Levin.