The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall
Performed by Larry Powell  and  Aja Naomi King

1.08 Hours 10/21/2016 audio theater
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On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. Hours after King’s final speech, punctuated by his immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated Reverend forms an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what will be his final day. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Aja Naomi King as Camae and Larry Powell as Dr. Martin Luther King. Directed by Roger Guenveur Smith Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA, in May of 2016.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop.

Hours after King’s final speech, punctuated by his immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated Reverend forms an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what will be his final day.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Aja Naomi King as Camae and Larry Powell as Dr. Martin Luther King.

Directed by Roger Guenveur Smith

Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA, in May of 2016.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“‘I’ve been to the mountaintop,” Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed in his final speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. The next day he was assassinated. What took place in the wee hours in-between is the grist for this tough, mesmerizing, and lyrical one-act play featuring two rising stars in American stage and film—Larry Powell and Aja Naomi King. As the mysterious motel maid who appears at Reverend King’s motel door, Aja Naomi King is a force of nature—whispering, cajoling, and calling like a gospel singer to lead the Reverend on a search for his very core as a human being, evoking his pride, humor, and doubts in the process. It’s a transcending, emotional experience for the listener. Contemporary American theater at its best. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Hall crafts a fascinating look at the final hours of Martin Luther King Jr. in this fictional dramatization of the evening before he was assassinated. King opens up about his inner demons and his legacy as he debates with Camae, a hotel staff member whom he bonds with over the course of the play. Performed in front of a live audience, the production never misses a beat and flows effortlessly for the full emotionally intense hour. Actor Larry Powell captures King’s power, vulnerability, and hubris, while actress Aja Naomi King projects just as much presence and intensity. Integrated throughout the performance, the sound design propels the narrative forward without interrupting it, and the aural montage in the final moments of the production will move listeners to tears with its blending of past and present, dynamic use of call and response, and the ceaseless vocal drive of actress King as Camae.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)

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Author

Author Bio: Katori Hall

Katori Hall is an American playwright, journalist, and actress from Memphis, Tennessee. Her plays include her Olivier Award-winning Broadway debut, The Mountaintop (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre); her Off-Broadway plays Our Lady of Kibeho (Irene Diamond Stage), Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), and her Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning Hurt Village (Romulus Linney Courtyard). Her regional plays Blood Quilt (Arena Stage), Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood Theatre), Children of Killers (Castillo Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project Theater), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Prologue Theatre), and WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! (Williamstown Theatre). Her awards include Kate Neal Kinley and NYFA Fellowships; Southern Writers Bryan Family, Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting, Otto Rene Castillo, Columbia University John Jay, and Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Awards; and two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 1.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English