Andresia Moseley is one of the most formidable talents in Tampa Bay: She writes, she acts, she sings, and she’s a nationally recognized spoken word artist. In Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, which opens tonight at Jobsite, she’ll get to show audiences just how versatile she is: She’ll be playing 27 characters, from Congresswoman Maxine Waters to actor Charlton Heston, from a white truck driver to a Korean-American liquor store owner. Their words were taken directly from the more than 300 interviews done by Anna Deavere Smith in the wake of the Rodney King police beating and subsequent riots 28 years ago in Los Angeles.
Smith, who was nominated for Tony Awards as both actor and playwright for Twilight, cautioned Moseley during a recent online interview about the challenges of performing this monumental (and still achingly timely) script: “Take care of yourself physically, take care of your voice, and take care of yourself emotionally, because some of those stories are very disturbing.”
I suspect Andresia is more than up to the challenge. This is a must-see, and there are only four performances in the socially distanced environs of Jaeb Theater at the Straz.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992: Nov. 17-18 and Dec, 1-2, all performances at 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater, Straz Center, Tampa. $20 for a single seat; $40 for a pair of seats; $80 for a table up to four people. Tickets and info here.