What did the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. do the night before he died 50 years ago? Who did he speak to? What did he say? In the Olivier Award-winning historical/spiritual drama The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall attempts to answer these questions, albeit in an imaginative way.
The setting is April 3, 1968. Dr. King is alone in his Lorraine Motel room where he orders a cup of coffee from room service. A beautiful, outspoken hotel worker named Camae arrives with her own views on the need for social change, not all of which agree with Dr. King’s.
What follows is an imagined encounter that is at times hilarious, tragic, provocative and uplifting. The interchanges between Dr. King and Camae allow the audience to witness a more personal and irreverent side of Dr. King, that the cameras and public appearances rarely captured.
In an interview with the Julliard Journal, Ms Hall explained her thoughts about the play. “I wanted to depict not only Dr. King’s triumphs but also his struggles. He achieves such great things, but he is grounded in a very human existence. My hope is that the audience will be inspired by his greatness, but that they’ll also realize that he is for regular people. I want the audience to come out saying, ‘I can be a King, too. We all can be Kings.’”
DISCLAIMER: This play contains mature language and is not recommended for children under 16.
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