The Mountaintop (Die letzte Nacht des Martin Luther King)
THE MOUNTAINTOP is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King's last night on earth set entirely in the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968.
The night before King retires to room 306 in the now famous motel after giving an acclaimed speech to a massive church congregation. When a mysterious young maid visits him to deliver a cup of coffee, King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people. Katori Hall's play is heartbreaking, humourous and breathtakingly powerful. A lively mood, hints of surrealism and fantasy meet with a clear-eyed view of the man behind the legend.
This is a story which crosses continents, colour and generations, and remains as relevant today as it was in the midst of the civil rights movement in 1968. Portraying rhetoric, hope and ideals of social change, The Mountaintop also explores being human in the face of inevitable death. The play is a dramatic feat of daring originality, historical narration and triumphant compassion. It pulls the audience into the ring.
Directed by Andreas Schmidt
Dr. Martin Luther King Ricky Watson
Camae Vanessa Rottenburg
Set and costume design by Olga Lunow
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