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Title: Benefit performance of "Rodney King" by Roger Guenveur Smith
START DATE: 9/22/2012
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: downtown, central, hollywood, northeast
Location Details:
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd. (just west of Alvarado & across from Brooklyn Bagel), LA 90057
Event Topic: racism
Event Type: Solo performance
Contact Name: Nicole Lee
Contact Email: revolutionbooksla@gmail.com
Contact Phone: 323.463.3500
See Roger Guenveur Smith in his stunning new show, "Rodney King"

Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 8 PM

A Special Benefit Performance for Revolution Books / Libros Revoluci?n

at the Bootleg Theater

2220 Beverly Blvd., LA 90057

Just west of Alvarado - Across from Brooklyn Bagel Factory

Ample street parking available

- See this powerful play

- Play + Private Post-Performance Reception & Conversation with Roger Guenveur Smith

Contact Revolution Books (not the theater) right away - there are a limited number of these tickets available.

Bring your friends and family!

Join us for an unforgettable evening to see Roger's latest solo performance and contribute to the invaluable work of Revolution Books.

Roger Guenveur Smith is an Obie Award-winning actor, writer, and director. His latest piece is inspired by the late Rodney King, whose vicious beating by members of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991 was captured on videotape and broadcast internationally. The four officers' acquittal the next year unleashed the largest urban rebellion in United States history. King died this June at his Rialto home.

Smith's history-infused work includes: PATRIOT ACT, an improvised collaboration for the 4th of July; FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, a contemporary take on Douglass' classic 19th century texts; IN HONOR OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, an intimate meditation presented on what would have been the late artist's 50th birthday; and WHO KILLED BOB MARLEY?

Smith's work for the international stage also includes JUAN AND JOHN, inspired by the remarkable friendship of baseball greats Juan Marichal and John Roseboro; the transatlantic love story ICELAND; THE WATTS TOWERS PROJECT, inspired by the Simon Rodia masterwork; and, with Mark Broyard, INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA, cited by the LA Weekly as Production of the Year for both its premiere and revival runs.

Roger adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm and directed the Ovation Award-winning RADIO MAMBO: CULTURE CLASH INVADES MIAMI.

"Smith is a percussive performer. He plays softly on a sparse, beautifully lit set drowning in the massive Bootleg stage, addressing the audience bereft of artifice."

- Thomas Hampton Reviews

"He commands the stage with a charismatic, deliberate presence...his lithe body is almost constantly in motion swaying and embodying the words in a choreography that's both evocative of the action and expressive of a deeper rhythm."

- Anthony Byrnes, Opening the Curtain on LA Theater for KCRW

"Genius improvisations that function as incantations."

- Andrea Kittelson, examiner.com

Listen to a recent, moving interview with Roger Guenveur Smith about the "Rodney King" play on The Michael Slate Show at - http://kpfk.org/programs/51-michael-slate/6277-michael-slate-8312-roger-guenveur-smith-on-rodney-kingvoices-of-basics-bus-tour-nyc-nicky.html
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