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Raleigh Little Theatre Forks the Lightning of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall’s Speculative Drama About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Last Night

On an overcast night last weekend in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre, the audience for The Mountaintop by Katori Hall found itself in a motel room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, back on April 3, 1968. They soon discover that it is the room of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (played… Read More ›

Gilbert Glenn Brown and Karen Malina White star in The Mountaintop (photo © Kirk Richard Smith)

L.A. Theatre Works Took the NC State LIVE Audience to The Mountaintop on April 17th in NCSU’s Stewart Theatre in Raleigh

When the curtain rises on NC State LIVE’s Tuesday, April 17th, presentation of L.A. Theatre Works’ production of The Mountaintop, it’s late at night on April 3, 1968. We are “flies-on-the-wall” in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. We are about to spend an hour and a half with one of the… Read More ›

Katori Hall’s 2009 Two-Character Play, “The Mountaintop,” Treats MLK as a Man, Not as a Saint

The question asked in The Justice Theater Project’s production of Katori Hall’s 2009 two-character play The Mountaintop may well be “Can a flawed man lead society to the mountaintop it so desperately needs to climb?” We Americans love to find the feet of clay that our icons and idols stand on; but this play doesn’t… Read More ›

This “Mountaintop” Never Quite Reaches Its Peak

Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop attempts to do something really great: to take an historical event that shook the world, and turn it into something new. Ms. Hall uses the last night that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent on Earth and reworks some of the details; she tweaks and enhances and fabricates certain aspects of… Read More ›

Katori Hill’s “The Mountaintop” Is an Intriguing Blend of Fact and Fiction (But Mostly Fiction)

Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company in conjunction with Triad Stage of Greensboro, is a thoroughly unique play, one that explores the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through a careful blend of fact and fiction (but mostly fiction). King, portrayed by a strong-voiced and strongly… Read More ›