The Lenfest Center for the Arts
L. A. Theatre Works "The Mountaintop"
Monday, April 23, 2018
Sponsored in part by the Class of ’64 Performing Arts Fund
"It is a relationship that is breathtaking, hilarious, and heart-stopping in its exchanges, and in its speedy ability to reveal character and pull the audience into the ring." ~THE INDEPENDENT, LONDON
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.
Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. In 2018, America and the world mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., yet, struggles to resolve racial tension remain a challenge for communities everywhere.
Returning by popular demand after last year’s performance of Judgment at Nuremberg, L. A. Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater… is an event.
LATW brings great theater to audiences nationwide and beyond through live performance series in Los Angeles and national tours, national weekly Public Radio series, Audio Theatre Collection available in libraries and to the public, and national educational outreach programs.
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Tickets are required:
W&L Faculty & Staff $20
W&L Student/Student $5
University Swipe Available
Tickets are forfeited if not seated 5 MINUTES prior to curtain time.