Play Brings New Humanity to MLK
Katori Hall’s ‘The Mountaintop’ considers what may have happened at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. in the hours between Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stirring speech 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 opens at Capital Repertory Theatre on January 21; performances continue through February 9. ‘The Mountaintop’ imagines King, grappling with faith, fame and the future on the last night of his life as he prepares for the promised land he’d glimpsed from the mountaintop. “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.