“…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 brutal treatment at the hands of four police officers and their subsequent acquittal that sparked riots in L.A. opening 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.
PRE-SHOW: Spoken word youth artists from Spit/WRITE will perform.
STUDENT EXHIBIT: Organic reflections from students at Roosevelt High School about the legacy and impact of Rodney King will be on display in the lobby.
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.
Artists Rep screening Let It Fall: Monday, May 1 @ 7pm | Morrison Theatre | FREE POSTPONED
We are pleased to announce that Artists Rep has received special permission from ABC to screen 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. This feature-length documentary, tied to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, airs on ABC Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST). TRAILER HERE
John Ridley’s Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 is a feature documentary that looks at the years and events leading up to the April 1992 riots after the Rodney King verdict. Let it Fall features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans.