Acclaimed actor Roger Guenveur Smith performs his “Rodney King” monologue in Seelos Theatre. The performance combines history, poetry, and tragedy as Smith tackles the odyssey of Rodney King, a construction worker darkly deemed “the first reality TV star” when his violent beating at the hands of police in 1991 was caught on film. Smith’s monologue won a 2015 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.
Attendees engage in a discussion with Smith and Michael West, associate professor of history at the College, following the performance. Smith also took part in a “Meet the Artist” reception in the Seelos Theatre lobby.
Photography by Rob Carlin