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Searching For The Man Behind The Myth

Image of Roger Guenveur Smith in his solo show, "Rodney King"
Patti McGuire
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Rodney King gained overnight notoriety when videos surfaced of him being violently beaten by Los Angeles police officers. 

The incident sparked the 1992 LA Riots and he became both a national symbol for police brutality and a subject of constant media attention and public scrutiny. But when Rodney King was found dead in a swimming pool in 2012, writer and performer Roger Guenveur Smith wanted to take a deeper look at his life and story. Smith created a one-man show that examines the man behind the myth.

Playmakers Repertory Company presents regional premieres of the show beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. Host Frank Stasio previews the show in studio with actor/solo performer Roger Guenveur Smith.

Here's an excerpt from the show:

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