April 3, 1968. Having just delivered his magnificent oration “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” at Mason Temple in support of a sanitation workers’ strike, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. A maid comes to his door with coffee. An unlikely relationship is forged that ventures into the political and personal, compelling him to confront his destiny and the fate of the nation on the eve of one of the most critical moments in American History. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is presented in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Contains adult themes, profanity, and smoking. Suggested ages: 13 & up.
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
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“Underground Railway Theater has always been drawn to theater that responds to the moment. 2013 is the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. What do we do to mark it? When the opportunity came to stage Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, we seized it. We are excited about how audiences in London and New York have been both inspired and moved by this provocative play that imagines King’s humanity, celebrates his vision, and asks us what we are going to do to take up the baton. Katori Hall has written a poetic, funny and moving piece of American theatre. We look forward to performing The Mountaintop in Cambridge during Dr. King’s birthday, honoring both the man and the icon, and motivating our participation in his legacy.”
- Debra Wise, Artistic Director, Underground Railway Theater