When: April 24th - 27th
Location: Festival Grounds
Lensic Presents FUSION Theatre Compay presents
Purchase Tickets Online or by phone at (505) 988-1234
Admission: $20-$40/$10 students
The Mountaintop takes place on April 3, 1968 and is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside.
When a mysterious young woman arrives, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people. Ms. Katori takes you into the remarkable realm of a remarkable life and time.
The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 to great critical acclaim. After a sell-out run at Theatre 503, 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 and Whatsonstage Awards and Burroughs for Best Actress in the Olivier Awards.
The production was also nominated for Best New Play in the Olivier and Whatsonstage Awards and Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard Awards. Hall won the best new play award at the Laurence Olivier Awards in March 2010, and the win made her the first black woman in history to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play.
In September 2011, The Mountaintop opened on Broadway starring Samuel L. Jackson as Dr. Martin Luther King and Angela Bassett as a mysterious maid. It attracted both praise and controversy.