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The Mountaintop

MAR 29 – MAY 12, 2013

by resident playwright
Katori Hall

directed by Robert O’Hara
a co-production with the Alley Theatre

in the Kreeger Theater

Award-Winning Drama


Hailed as “daring, rousing and provocative” by Entertainment Weekly, The Mountaintop is Katori Hall’s bold reimagining of the last night of the historic life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Exhausted from delivering a significant speech, Dr. King rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of our nation. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop’s “soul-stirring” (Variety) storytelling fuses theatricality with spirituality to reach a summit that will leave audiences breathless.

The Mountaintop is supported by PEPCO
and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts’ART WORKS

“Provocative … Compelling, heartbreaking, and zanily inventive.”Washingtonian

“Stunning … Sensitive and moving.”Washington Examiner

“A must-see.”
“Deeply personal, powerful, and engaging.”
“Raw and human performances both as individuals and a duo with undeniable chemistry.”
“Wright and Kalukango … command the stage.”Broadway World

5 stars… A thrilling piece of theater.”
“Kulakango … is magnetic enough to change the course of human events.”
“Bowman Wright … projects enough sincerity and compassion to make passages … sound as if they’re being spoken for the first time, by Dr. Martin Luther King.”DC Metro Theater Arts

“A truly powerful, funny, sexy, and moving tribute.”
“A powerful and electrifying performance by Bowman Wright.”
“An earthy and sultry Joaquina Kalukango.”Woman Around Town

“Sharp, believable, and often very funny …
Sterling performances … Impossible not to be moved.”Showbiz Radio

American Voices

Katori Hall

“This isn’t the ‘I Have a Dream’ King. This is a more radical King. This is King, the man; not the myth. I want people to see that this extraordinary man – who is actually quite ordinary – achieved something so great that he actually created a fundamental shift in how we, as a people, interact with each other. That’s a beautiful thing. And I want people in the audience to be like, ‘If this man – who is so much a human being – can achieve such great things, then I, as this complicated human being, can create great things too.’”

— Katori Hall, playwright

The Mountaintop runs approximately
1 hour and 37 minutes, with no intermission.

This production contains mature language, smoking and special effects including haze, fog and strobe lights.

The Mountaintop is a wonderful trip, as audacious as it is inventive.”

Associated Press


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