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 and Vaccinations

For this concert series, masks are optional but strongly encouraged. Rubicon staff an artists will wear masks except when actively eating, drinking, or performing or speaking from a distance.

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