April 27 - May 15, 2022

(Opening Night: April 29)

Presented during the 30th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

By Anna Deavere Smith

Directed By Chris Butler and Jenny Sullivan

One moment can change the course of history. On April 29, 1992, at 3:15 p.m., in an East Ventura courtroom in Simi Valley, the verdict is announced in the Rodney King case. Within hours, South Central L.A. erupts in what has been described alternately as “the riots,” “the uprising,” and “the revolution” – the largest social explosion of the American 20th century. In the aftermath, playwright, scholar and actor Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people to try to understand the complex issues that fueled the flames. She fused the varied accounts of what happened into an unforgettable theatrical experience that will have you on the edge of your seat. Powerful, illuminating, deeply moving, this lauded Broadway “masterpiece” (Newsweek), goes directly to the heart of issues of race and class and is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and a stirring cry for reform.

“A rich, panoramic canvas…as necessary now as when L.A. was actively smoldering.”

The New York Times

Media & Resources

Press Kit: Click Here (includes press release and photos)
Press Release: Click to View (PDF)
Press Photos:  Download Here (zip)
Study Guide: Click to View (PDF)

Know Before You Go

Masks Required

All guests must wear a properly fitting mask over the nose and mouth in the theatre except when eating or drinking in designated areas.

Vaccinations Required for Ages 5+

Everyone ages 5 and older must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine. If it is less than 14 days after the last vaccine dose (excluding boosters), proof of a negative test from a diagnostic lab no earlier than 72 hours will be required.

If You Cannot Be Vaccinated

Children under 5 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may show proof of a negative test. Testing results must be provided by a qualified lab, administered by a heath care professional.

Photo ID Required

Guests ages 18 and older must present a valid government-issued photo ID. Guests under 18 may also show a non-photo government-issued or school ID. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.

Note: Guests who do not comply with these policies will be denied entry or asked to leave the theatre.

Tickets & Information


Rubicon Theatre

1006 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001

Timeline of events

Digital Show Program

Opening Night Photos