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Los Angeles, April 1992: Riots break out after the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

Broadway, April 1994: Anna Deavere Smith premiers her pioneering work for which she interviewed over 200 people directly impacted or involved in the unrest.  Recreating their accounts and personalities verbatim, she revolutionizes storytelling.

APRIL 2018 nearly 25 years after it rocked Broadway, we remounted this Tony-nominated play with Portland favorite Chantal DeGroat, who transformed herself into dozens of real-life witnesses to the Rodney King riots that rocked LA — and the country — to its core.


This stripped-down CONCERT STAGING was a fully-rehearsed, book-in-hand presentation designed to place the focus on the actor and the words. An intimate theatrical experience that was not to be missed.


“An American masterpiece…the heart and soul of an American tragedy, as expressed by the hearts and souls of the people who were part of it.”  -Newsweek

“Extraordinary and haunting” -People Magazine


April 15th, 16th & 17th 7:30pm 

Alder Stage at Artists Rep

Run time: 2hrs 30mins with 1 intermission.



Starring Chantal DeGroat



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