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The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop
Written by Katori Hall
Characters Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Camae
Date premiered 2009
Place premiered Theatre 503
London
Original language English
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The Mountaintop is a play by American playwright Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968.

Productions

The play premiered in London in 2009 to great critical acclaim. After a sell-out run at Theatre503, the play transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End. The production was directed by James Dacre and featured British actors David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs. Harewood was nominated for Best Actor in the Evening Standard[1] and Whatsonstage Awards and Burroughs for Best Actress in the Olivier Awards.[2] The production won the Olivier Best New Play Award [2] and was nominated for Whatsonstage Awards and Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard Awards.[1]

The Independent wrote that the production at Theatre 503 was "an imaginative portrayal" and shows "a relationship that is breathtaking, hilarious and heart-stopping in its exchanges and in its speedy ability to reveal character and pull the audience into the ring."[3] Theater critic Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph wrote of the production at Trafalgar Studios "It is a beautiful and startling piece, beginning naturalistically before shifting gear into something magical, spiritual and touching."[4]

The play premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 22, 2011 with an official opening on October 13. Samuel L. Jackson made his Broadway debut in the role of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.[5] Angela Bassett is his co-star.

The play will make its regional premiere at Milwaukee Repertory Theater on September 26, 2012 directed by May Adrales.

The play will premiere in the Boston area at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge on January 10th and run through February 3rd, 2013. The play is presented by the Underground Railway Theater.

The Mountaintop will premiere in Houston, Texas at Alley Theatre on January 11, 2013, and run through February 3. It is a co-production between Alley Theatre and Arena Stage and will be directed by Robert O'Hara.

The Mountaintop was presented by Yellow Bunny Productions at Wilhelm Disbergen.

The Mountaintop will premiere in Memphis, Tennessee at Hattiloo Theatre.

The play premiered with the Playmakers Repertory Company out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina in Fall 2013, and will tour around state throughout the year.

The Baltimore premiere of the play opened at Center Stage on January 16th, 2013, and will run until February 24th. [6]

The play will premiere in Philadelphia at Philadelphia Theatre Company on January 18, 2013 through February 17, 2013. It will be directed by Patricia McGregor.

The Mountaintop will premiere in Portland at Portland Center Stage on August 31, 2013 through October 27, 2013.

The Chicago premiere will take place on September 5th, 2013 at Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, starring David Alan Anderson & Lisa Beasley directed by Ron OJ Parson.

The play had a regional premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, from March 6—April 7, 2013. It was directed by Anthony J. Haney.

The Mountaintop will premiere in New Orleans, LA at Anthony Bean Community Theater from November 1 through 24 starring Anthony Bean and Monica Davis and will be directed by Harold X. Evans.[7]

References

External links

  • Evening Standard review of original run

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