By Michael Gioia
08 Jul 2014
Rodney King runs simultaneously with the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., July 8-July 20. Opening night is set for July 9.
In Rodney King, according to Woolly Mammoth, "Smith explores the legacy of another American icon, colliding history and improvised poetry to unravel the myth of 'the first reality TV star.' From the initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality, to the symbolic heroism thrust upon him that ignited the L.A. riots, to his lonely death at the bottom a swimming pool, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman, and by extension reveals America's endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present."
Smith premiered Rodney King at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and brought it to the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater.
According to Woolly Mammoth, "This irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov's The Seagull received the most Helen Hayes nominations awarded to any single show in 2013 (eight nods), including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Ensemble."
For more information and tickets, call (202) 393-3939 or visit WoollyMammoth.net.