Woolly Mammoth Summer Season, With Rodney King and Stupid F##king Bird, Begins Tonight

By Michael Gioia
08 Jul 2014

Roger Guenveur Smith
Roger Guenveur Smith

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents the solo performance Rodney King by Roger Guenveur Smith and the return of Stupid F##king Bird by Aaron Posner as part of the company's summer season in Washington, D.C.

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.



Following Rodney King, Woolly will reunite the entire cast and creative team of Stupid F##king Bird, following its run in summer 2013, July 28-Aug. 17. Opening night is set for July 30.

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.