Just found out about this and wanted to share.
If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing the talented and award-winning actor, director and writer Roger Guenveur Smith‘s previous one-man shows (A Huey P. Newton Story, Frederick Douglass Now), you know what a powerful performer he is. That said, it’s with much anticipation that I look forward to seeing what he does with Rodney King. Here’s the description from the BRIC Arts site:
History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King—deemed “the first reality TV star”—from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the 1992 L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of his swimming pool. In this riveting, improvised performance, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman, and by extension reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present.
Here’s a clip from when Smith performed the piece at the Under The Radar Festival earlier this year: