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Guenveur Smith's Rodney King to Be Staged by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

The racially charged solo show will be part of the Capital Fringe Festival. logo
Guenveur Smith will present Rodney King at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as part of The 2014 Capital Fringe Festival.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced the upcoming run of Roger Guenveur Smith's solo show Rodney King. The production will be presented as part of The Capital Fringe Festival for a two-week engagement July 8-20.

Rodney King ends with Rodney King's memorable May 1, 1992 speech in which he asked, "Can we all get along?" During the show, Smith examines a flawed, good-hearted everyman through a mix of improvised movement, text, and spoken word. The production was recently featured in the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in New York and at the Radar LA festival.

"The importance of Roger's new piece about Rodney King is almost shocking in relation to the Trayvon Martin verdict and other recent cases that have continued to make black men and boys feel uniquely vulnerable in our society," said Woolly Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz in a statement.

In partnership with Dance Exchange, Woolly has also curated a special event to accompany the run of Rodney King titled Stepping Toward Racial Equity. This movement workshop will be aimed at exploring the powerful ways in which personal storytelling can serve as a tool for advancing racial equity in our communities. Immediately following the July 13 performance of Rodney King, participants will work together to create a new dance piece by using accessible art-making tools.

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