Dallas South News Wire (Mountain View College)
Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 gives the audience a glance into civil unrest and the events separating Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney G. King beating and the verdict of the first trial. Created by over two hundred interviews conducted by Smith herself, this mosaic of pontificating voices reflects the tension of a city in turmoil, avoids using blame for what happened, and attempts to aid the process of healing through a kaleidoscopic of language and class. Twilight ruthlessly offers a rendering of complex social, economic and political issues surrounding the catastrophic event that remain prevalent today.
The performance features an ensemble of 21 students and guest artists playing over fifty diverse voices affected by, involved in, or related to the conflict. The cast includes MVC students Sharonda Anthony, Shenequa Crockett, Julie Curtis, Samantha Gutierrez, Milan Hughes, Edgar Ipina, Paula Jiminez, Jessica Kozlik, Jocelyn Michelle, Courtney Moore, Angel Moreno, LaKenya Moss, Robert Natal, Yilleni Nino, Amir Razavi, Reba Scott, Maggie Simmons, and Dontae Square. The cast is rounded out by guest artists Bobby Anderson and Professor Mika Rogers.
Adjunct professor Akin Babtunde directs this production. Mr. Babtunde is an accomplished action, director, writer, and coach whose career spans the regional to Off-Broadway to international stages of the world. He has been a resident company member of several prestigious theatres – Trinity Rep, Alley Theater, La Mama NYC, Florida Stage, and the Dallas Theater Center. He is the recipient of several awards, most recently the Audelco for Best Director of a Musical.
The performance will take place in the MVC Performance Hall and will run Wednesday through Sunday, June 22, 2011 through June 26, 2011. We are located at 4849 W. Illinois Avenue, and the performance hall is located on the east side of the campus.
Wednesday through Saturday evening performances will be at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, contact the Mountain View College Fine Arts Department at 214-860-8671. Please be advised that this production contains strong language and adult content which may not be suitable for children under the age of 12.