“[King] always said, ‘I’m a sinner. Not a saint.’ That is the King you will see in ‘Mountaintop.’ . . . It was important to see the humanity in this hero so we can see the hero in ourselves.” -Katori Hall
The Mountaintop is a theatrical re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. The play is set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the evening before King’s memorable “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech. While a storm rages outside, a mysterious young maid, Camae, delivers room service and a message.
With vivid theatrical imagination and powerful emotion, playwright Katori Hall beautifully fictionalizes the final hours of Dr. King’s life in this Olivier Award-winning drama about leadership, legacy and mortality. Speaking about her play, Hall said “King had vulnerabilities and fears. This is a man that provided a fundamental shift in American society. King forced us to see people of color are not second-class citizens; they are equal. He did this extraordinary thing. But he wasn’t superhuman.” This play incorporates strong language into the text.