Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, originally a one-woman show by Anna Deveare Smith, opens the spring productions for USI Theatre on Friday, February 22. This documentary drama is based on eyewitness accounts of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict. Smith uses direct statements made by those who experienced the Los Angeles riots and the devastating human impact of the event. Seven students in USI’s production will transform into the different individuals interviewed during and after the riots, with no boundary of sexuality, race, or ethnicity.
Much of the prep work for the production, including casting, occurred via email and telephone conferences. The online collaboration helped USI student designers in understanding working relationships in today’s theatre industry. The all-student design team include Kylie Dishman, as costume designer; Lakysha Williams, as lighting designer; Ivy Thomas, as scenic designer; Michael Frohbieter, as sound designer; and Mikael Drobny, as projection designer. Elliot Wasserman, chair for the Department of Performing Arts, stepped in as supervisor for the completion of the production.
The cast includes USI students Anachebe Asomugha, Scott Cummings, Shawnte Gaston, Bridgette Hoover, Antonio King, Michele Rose, and Danielle Scott.
USI Theatre’s spring production opens Friday night, February 22, and runs through the following Friday, March 1, with Monday as the only day off for the show during its one-week run. The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. February 22-23 and February 26-March 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24 in the Mallette Studio Theatre on the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center on USI’s campus.
Tickets are $7 for USI students, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors (60+) and non-USI students. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.usi.edu/theatre or call the box office at 812/465-1668. Production contains adult language.
Wrapping up the spring season is Avenue Q, based on an original concept with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty. Production contains adult themes and language. Performances run April 12-20. Tickets for the upcoming production are on sale now.
Photo Credit: Samuel Wentzel
Scott Cummings, as Elaine Young; and Bridgette Hoover, as Charles Lloyd; focus in while Danielle Scott presents her monologue as Gina Rae A.K.A. Queen Malkah, a community activist.