Rodney King

created & performed by Roger Guenveur Smith

April 21, 2017 – April 23, 2017

“…less a performance than it is a prayer.” – Roger Guenveur Smith

Fresh off show tours to Oakland and L.A., Smith unravels the myth of “the first reality TV star” in his riveting one-man performance Rodney King tells the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman – from his harsh entry into the national spotlight to a lonely death at the bottom of his swimming pool. It’s been 25 years since the media turned the spotlight to Rodney King’s treatment at the hands of four police officers, the subsequent acquittal of the involved police officer that sparked angry riots in L.A. and opened eyes across the world. Now, Smith asks us once again, “Can we all get along?”

Let’s talk about it.

This story that started decades ago will open conversations about right now. Plan to stay for post show discussions moderated by The Color of NOW Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, or attend on Sunday afternoon for a movement-based “Move Back” conversation with Chisao Hata.

Netflix will release the new film RODNEY KING, directed by Spike Lee, starring Roger Guenveur Smith on April 28.
Artists Rep is honored to host the final stage performance of this piece, ever.

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“Smith shifts his weight, bends his knees, churns the air with one hand, clutches his mike with the other, sometimes crouches — as if gauging, and flinching from, an oncoming disaster in a bewildering, slow-motion dream.” “…intensely cathartic and moving…”

-The Washington Post

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“Rodney King was no MLK, but stage wizard Roger Guenveur Smith gives eloquent voice to his story. ‘Somehow, he dug into his enlarged heart and was able to speak to the fundamentals of human survival, and stop a riot with a speech that begins with a question that everyone knows. “Can we all get along?”’”
- Star Tribune

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“…sinuous, complicated, deeply moving…” “…impassioned and insightful…”

-The New York Times

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“Few stage actors I've seen have come within a mile of Smith's expressive vitality, his utter command of the room, his astonishing verbal dexterity (in terms of tempo, volume, pitch, timbre, force, and grace), and above all, his capacity as a writer-performer to harness those qualities in the service of a story that matters.”
- The Stranger

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“…intricate eulogy of an emblematic black Everyman whose victimhood was both self-induced and spectacularly escalated by irrefutable violent racial oppression highlights familiar facts from a complex multitude of perspectives.”
-Hollywood Reporter

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“…rich in detail and nuance, yet as direct as a punch in the face.” “Fans of Spike Lee’s films would recognize the actor Roger Guenveur Smith instantly, and followers of theatrical solo performance wouldn’t think of missing a chance to see him live.”

-The Independent

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"Rodney King" directed by Spike Lee. Starring Roger Guenveur Smith. To be released April 28 on Netflix. MORE INFO

"Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992" directed and produced by John Ridley ("American Crime," "12 Years a Slave") with ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. A feature-length documentary, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, airing Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. TRAILER HERE

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 Read a Q&A with the actor by The Washington Post HERE.

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