The Obie Award-winning soloist Roger Guenveur Smith navigates the tragically abbreviated life and times of the late Rodney King. King’s savage (and videotaped) beating by members of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991 ignited a deadly riot upon the officers’ acquittal. In 2012, King expired in his backyard pool. Smith employs his signature fusion of archival narrative and lyrical movement to construct a performance that the New York Times has called “sinuous, complicated, and deeply moving.” Smith’s KING emerges as “the first reality tv star,” an ordinary man whose extraordinary life continues to matter.
RODNEY KING was initially developed and presented at Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, in August 2012. Among the many venues it has played since include The Public, Penumbra, Long Wharf, and Woolly Mammoth Theaters, the Tate Modern and DuSable Museums, and BricArts Brooklyn, where it was distinguished with the 2015 Bessie Award. Special Thanks to: Steven Adams of Buffalo 8 Management, Jessica Hanna of the Bootleg Theater, Bob L. Johnson.
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH
SOUND DESIGN BY MARC ANTHONY THOMPSON
LIGHTING DESIGN BY JOSE LOPEZ
PRODUCTION MANAGER KIRK WILSON
About Roger Guenveur Smith
Roger Guenveur Smith adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm, both scored by Marc Anthony Thompson. Among their many other collaborations are FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS 1992, TWO FIRES, JUAN AND JOHN, ICELAND, and Katori Hall’s THE MOUNTAINTOP, directed by Mr. Smith with sound and projections by Mr. Thompson and lighting by Jose Lopez. Smith, Thompson, and Lopez have also collaborated on WHO KILLED BOB MARLEY? and THE WATTS TOWERS PROJECT. Mr. Smith also directed the Bessie Award-winning RADIO MAMBO: CULTURE CLASH INVADES MIAMI and Steven Berkoff’s AGAMEMNON. Among Mr. Smith’s many screen credits are DO THE RIGHT THING, for which he created the stuttering hero Smiley; AMERICAN GANGSTER, for which he nominated for the Screen Actors’ Guild Award; the recently acclaimed CHI-RAQ and DOPE; and the highly anticipated BIRTH OF A NATION, winner of both the Audience and Jury awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Roger studied at Yale University and Occidental College, and has taught at both of those institutions, as well as at the University of California and Cal Arts, where he directs his Performing History Workshop.
STG & LHPAI Present:
Roger Guenveur Smith
Thursday – Saturday
March 24 – 26, 2016
Thursday & Friday shows at 7:30 pm
Saturday shows at 2 pm & 8 pm
Doors open one hour prior to show times
LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE
104 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144