SHOWS AND TICKETS
- Concerts / Events
- Family / Kids
- Magic Show
- Performance Art
- Solo Performance
- Stand-up/Sketch Comedy
AND reset dates
Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking 1957 drama.
History, poetry, and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the harrowing odyssey of Rodney King, from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. Rodney King is a rhythm-driven mix of improvised movement and theatre, spoken word poetry and, as Roger himself describes it, a "post-mortem interview with the man himself." Nestled between excerpts from Willie D's "F**k Rodney King" and King's memorable May 1, 1992 "Can we all get along?" speech, the piece is an exploration of the legacy of an icon of American history.
This new version of The Tempest features an innovative collaboration between Williams Theatre, CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble), and WiPE (Williams Percussion Ensemble). Encompassing many dramatic themes: jealousy, betrayal, revenge, sexual desire, romantic love, power, forgiveness, The Tempest is often seen as conscious of its own existence as a play, provocatively examining theatrical illusion and the creation of "art."
The Tempest takes place on an enchanted island where Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, lives in exile with his daughter Miranda. Dwelling on the island with them are Ariel and Caliban.
Prospero's sorcery, performing much of the stage-magic of the play through his agent Ariel, moves the plot forward through elaborate stage effects and the most magical presence of all: a hypnotic atmosphere suffused by music.