In this PBS-TV film based on the original New York stage production, Anna Deavere Smith transforms herself into scores of individuals—using only their words and duplicating their speech patterns, mannerisms, dress, and attitudes—in a mosaic set in South Central Los Angeles in the violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict. These verbatim portrayals bring together adversaries, victims, eyewitnesses, and observers who have never stood within the same four walls, let alone spoken to each other.
In her signature performance style, Smith embodies and gives voice to scores of real-life “characters.” A Q&A with Smith will follow.
This performance is part of the 2015-16 Live Context: Art + Ideas series.
Anna Deavere Smith’s residency is copresented by Stanford Live, the Office for Religious Life, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.