BATAVIA — Aside from that of the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s news headlines are reminiscent of those that swept the nation 30 years ago during the Los Angeles riots that erupted following the acquittal of the police officers charged with assaulting Rodney King.

Author Anna Deavere Smith wrote “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” after interviewing more than 300 people and culminating those experiences into a series of powerful monologues that bring a range of perspectives into focus.

The Genesee Community College Forum Theatre Players and guest alumni performers invite the entire community watch “Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992” for free. The performance will be available to watch anytime between 8 a.m. Friday, and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

For free ticket access to the performance, email before 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Each character and each individual performance had to be individually recorded due to the current COVID19 pandemic mandates and safety protocols. Then all the recordings needed to be put together by GCC’s Theater Technician Brodie McPherson.

As a special interest project, several GCC alumni have returned to participate in the performance:

n Alex Grayson graduated from GCC in 2011 and from SUNY Fredonia in 2014. Orignally from Watertown, Grayson currently resides on Broadway in New York City where he works for Asolo Repertory Theatre as an actor.

n Sania Hyatt is originally from Jamaica and graduated from GCC in 2014/2015 and continued to earn her BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2018. Hyatt currently resides in NYC and is a professional actress.

n Tori Ogunsanya from the class of 2019 now lives in NYC and is active in a professional theatre group in L.A created by actor Tony Danza.

n Maria Albanese, a 2016 graduate from GCC, also graduated from SUNY Purchase.

n Antonio Ware graduated in 2009 is currently a fashion consultant and personal stylist in NYC.

n Shellene Bailey is a 2010 graduate who also spent many hours getting to know the business side of the house working in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Due to the graphic and violent video footage, racial slurs and strong mature language used in this production, viewer and parental discretion is advised.

This production contains extremely graphic video footage and the use of strong language including racial slurs.

Please note, the following times feature graphic content:

The Death of Latasha Harlins: 8:37-9:12

The Beating of Rodney King: 13:26-14:00

The Beating of Reginald Denny: 33:41-36:01

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