Award-winning actor, writer, and director Roger Guenveur Smith will come to the UNC Charlotte campus on January 10 to perform his one-man show, RODNEY KING. Smith is a highly regarded film, television and stage actor whose work includes a successful career in film (American Gangster, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, The Birth of a Nation), television and on stage.
In 1992, the trial and acquittal of the police who had brutally beat Rodney King the year before sparked violent protests in Los Angeles. Smith created RODNEY KING in 2012, shortly after King was found drowned in his swimming pool. He describes his fusion of archival narrative and lyrical movement as “a journey through the many lives and times” of King; The New York Times has called the show "sinuous, complicated, and deeply moving.” In 2015 RODNEY KING won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.
RODNEY KING takes place on Tuesday, January 10, 2917 in the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. Immediately after the performance, Steve Crump of WBTV will lead an audience conversation with Smith, addressing the actor’s work in light of the recent unrest in Charlotte that resulted from the Keith Lamont Scott shooting.