Early next year, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson plans to take his one-man theater show on the road, and that includes a visit to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall in April.
"Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is described as an autobiographical monologue performed by the former champ in which he reflects upon his tough childhood in Brooklyn, the absence of his father, and his self-described "reckless and destructive" behavior. It premiered in Las Vegas in April and had a run on Broadway. Now it's coming to a host of U.S. cities, with its first-stop in Indianapolis, the site where he spent three years in jail after being convicted for rape in 1992.
"It's not like these people aren't aware of these issues," he said on a national conference call set up on Monday afternoon to promote the upcoming shows, which begin in mid-February. "They've seen them in the press, and they just don't know the underlying factor of the issue that I'm expressing."
Tyson, 46, has had a tumultuous career in the public spotlight, but it seems to have taken a more positive and lighter touch since his performance in the 2009 U.S. comedy smash The Hangover, where he played himself.