Controversial Play Brings a New Humanity to MLK
April 3, 1968. Room 306, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee: we all know what happens the next morning. But playwright Katori Hall has an idea of what happened that rainy night in the hours between Martin Luther King, Junior’s stirring speech for sanitation strikers at the Mason Temple and the moment he was shot on the balcony outside his second-floor room.
Hall’s controversial Olivier Award-winning play, ‘The Mountaintop,’ opens at Capital Repertory Theatre following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Preview performances begin January 17, with the opening night scheduled for January 21. Performances will continue through February 9.
‘The Mountaintop’ imagines the man Martin Luther King, grappling with faith, fame and the future on the last night of his life. This is a man who smokes, drinks and cusses, who frets over the fashion of his mustache, picks at the holes in his socks and worries over the hard work yet to be done. Enter Camae, a new, young maid at the Lorraine, and messenger of sorts, helping King prepare for the promised land he’d glimpsed from the mountaintop only hours prior. “I’m happy, tonight,” King had concluded in his address, “I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
‘The Mountaintop’ is directed by Nick Mangano; Brandon Jones makes his Capital Repertory Theatre debut as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For information on performances, call the Capital Repertory Theatre of Albany, N.Y. at 518-445-SHOW (7469) or visit capitalrep.org.