Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop imagines what happened inside the Lorraine Motel’s room 306 the night before April 4, 1968. In the expert hands of L.A. Theatre Works and an experienced touring cast, Katori Hall's fictional reimagining begins in Memphis in April 1968, as King finishes delivering his impassioned "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. Exhausted, he retires to room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, where he encounters a young hotel maid with whom he forges an unexpected relationship. During a conversation that ranges from the personal to the political, King finds himself confronting his destiny and the fate of the very nation to which he's devoted his life.

The play will star film, television, and stage actors Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown. Shirley Jo Finney will direct.

Karen Malina White has received two NAACP Image Awards as well as the LA Drama Critics Award and the LA Ovation Award. She has been seen on screen in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and numerous independent films such as The Ties That Bind and Where Do We Go From Here. Her television credits include The Cosby Show, How To Get Away With Murder, Living Single, Animal Kingdom, and VEEP among many others.

Gilbert Glenn Brown is an accomplished stage actor with credits ranging from the Goodman Theatre to True Colors Theatre Company to the National Black Theatre Festival. Television appearances include Stranger Things, Valor, C.S.I. Miami, Cold Case, The Shield, and others. On film, he’s been seen in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline II, and Raising the Heights.

Shirley Jo Finney is a multi-award-winning director with credits that include the Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theater, the Humana Festival, Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Theater Workshop, among many others.

This performance is part of the Presenting Series' annual King Week celebration Higher Ground: Artists Inspiring Community. Be sure to join us Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for our popular African drumming and dance celebration led by UZIMA!




Event contains mature or adult content. Ages 14 and up recommended. 

Made possible by Rick and Peg McFeeley Golden.


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