This month marks 25 years since four LAPD officers were acquitted for their part in the brutal beating of Rodney King, a verdict that sparked riots claiming the lives of more than 50 people. Actor, playwright, and longtime Spike Lee collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith explores the story of what he calls “the first reality TV star” in his one-man show Rodney King. It’s been acclaimed as “sinuous, complicated, deeply moving” and “intensely cathartic,” and has played in theaters all over the country and around the world since it first played in LA’s Bootleg Theater in 2012. Now Smith ends the piece’s four-year-run in Portland, before the work goes onto Netflix in the form of a Spike Lee film, with Smith at the center.
Every day at 7:30pm between April 21 and April 23
Apr 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM