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Roger Guenveur Smith in "Rodney King" at the Douglas.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Three Solo Shows in Repertory

Rodney King

Radar L.A. Festival and DouglasPlus

Sep 18 – Oct 6, 2013

Kirk Douglas Theatre

History, poetry and tragedy collide when 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 L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool.

As with his previous Douglas triumphs (The Watts Tower Project and Juan and John), Smith seamlessly fuses facts and friction, motion and emotion into a gripping narrative that poses impossible questions while illuminating his subject with grace and empathy.

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Performance Length

Approx. 75 minutes, with no intermission.

Be Aware

Recommended for audiences ages 16+

Mature content, language and sexuality

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.