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The Mountaintop (2011)


Production still from The Mountaintop, 2011


Katori Hall (Playwright)

13 October, 2011 – 22 January, 2012

           The Mountaintop is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night alive set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. Ordering room service, King comes into contact with Camae (Carrie Mae), the mysterious and beautiful maid who strikes King's attention immediately. The beginning interactions between the two are filled with flirtation and humor but through the night it slowly progresses to something much deeper. King and Camae begin to discuss the hopes and fears that Martin Luther King Jr. has been feeling, forming a connection and understanding between the two. The conversation focuses on the fight for civil rights and reaches the climax when Camae reveals her true intentions for walking into King's motel room that night. Camae is revealed to be an angel sent by God to collect King and bring him to heaven; Camae reveals that King will die tomorrow, April 4, by being assassinated. Forced to confront his fears, King tries to bargain and plead with Camae to give him more time, explaining that he needs to continue his work in the civil rights movement before he can go. (Source: Wikipedia)

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