CalArts, The Walt Disney Modular Theater
THEATER: Roger Guenveur Smith's Rodney King troubles the line between documentary, biography and theater in its recovery of King. Rodney King himself was troubled by being reduced to a symbol of racial conflict through his brutalization at the hands of the LAPD and 1992's LA uprisings that followed their trial.
In light of the more recent deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others, Rodney King is hauntingly urgent and invites us to ask broader questions about the aesthetics and politics of re-enactment; how art, mass and social media construct myths; what a city wants to remember; and how race often finds itself at sites of violence committed in the community's name.
A panel discussion will follow the performance, curated by Douglas Kearney, School of Critical Studies.