Roger Guenveur Smith recalls that he had a deeply emotion reaction when he heard Rodney King had died in 2012. And he couldn’t understand why.
"Here is someone I didn't even know, had never met," the actor and monologuist said. "I kept asking 'why did his death affect me so much?’"
The answer wasn't simple. But the question kickstarted a complex process — one that would culminate in “Rodney King,” a one-man show about the many facets of the victim of police brutality.
Smith was speaking by phone from Portland, Ore. After nearly five years of serious road time, he was just a few minutes away from taking the stage for the last-ever performance of his...