New LA Drama Examines King Riots

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Playing at Hollywood's MET Theatre is the World Premiere of Patrick Sheane Duncan's Souls on Fire, a new production from Danny Glover's Carrie Productions and the Robey Theatre Company, about patrons in a bar during the Los Angeles 1992 Rodney King riots.

Playing at Hollywood's MET Theatre is the World Premiere of Patrick Sheane Duncan's Souls on Fire, a new production from Danny Glover's Carrie Productions and the Robey Theatre Company, about patrons in a bar during the Los Angeles 1992 Rodney King riots.

In Soul's bar in South Central L.A., the multi-ethnic characters discuss the violence outside and try to determine the underlying causes; through the process their own prejudices are revealed.

In addition to hailing all 25 ensemble members for their intricate performances, the Los Angeles Times recently called the play "an unqualified emotional powerhouse," owing much of the impact to "the tension built by Bennet Guillory's masterful staging."

Director Guillory is the artistic director of the Robey Theatre Company, so called because as an actor Guillory has received Award-winning acclaim for both his portrayals of Paul Robeson in two different plays.

Playwright Patrick Sheane Duncan is know for his screenplays Mr. Hollands Opus and Nick of Time, and currently in production is the screen adaptation of his novel, Courage Under Fire. Souls on Fire runs through June 16, Thu-Sat 8 PM, at the MET Theatre,1089 North Oxford Ave. Tickets are $20, and are available by phoning (213) 957-1741.

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