*Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man play “Rodney King” is headed to Netflix.
In the show, Smith traces Rodney King through his entry into the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality, to his involuntary martyrdom that sparked the L.A. riots, to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool.
Smith has been performing the show across the country since 2013. In August, Spike Lee filmed one of his shows in New York City, which Netflix will premiere on April 28. The date will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the acquittals of the LAPD officers who were videotaped brutally beating King in 1991.
“Rodney King” is described as “a rhythm-driven mix of improvised movement and theatre, spoken word poetry” and, as Smith himself describes it, a “post-mortem interview with the man himself.”
The project is produced by Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson for Luna Ray Media. Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor and Patrick DePeters are executive producing for Buffalo 8 Productions.
Watch one of Smith’s previous performances of “Rodney King” below: