Starting late September Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is putting on “The Mountaintop,” a fictional play about civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Set on April 3, 1968, the play follows Dr. King through his final day. Starring Samuel L. Jackson as King, “The Mountaintop” is set in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated. The play gets its name because on this day after plane delays due to bomb threats, King gave a rousing speech now called the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Address.”
“The Mountaintop” confronts Martin Luther King’s past along with that of all African Americans. Samuel L. Jackson, an Academy Award Nominee for his role in “Pulp Fiction,” will play the part of Dr. King. The production hit stages in London over two years ago and won the very prestigious Olivier Award for Best Play.
The production, which hits Broadway on September 22, 2011, mixes humor, exhilaration, and heartbreak while delivering Martin Luther King’s powerful messages of peace, equality, and love. The play’s writer, Katori Hall, has penned numerous plays including “Hoodoo Love,” “Remembrance,” and “Hurt Village.” Her perception of Dr. Martin Luther King will be followed by a nameless woman who delivers room service to the now notorious room 306 and inspires powerful thought.
So come to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to see a critically acclaimed play honoring one of America’s iconic characters played by one of its most iconic actors!
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