Martin Luther King, Jr. may be immortalized as a large marble statue in our nation’s capital, but was very much a man of flesh and blood, and that’s how he’s portrayed in The Mountaintop, the award-winning play by Katori Hall, opening at Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre on January 18.
The drama imagines the last day of King’s life. It’s set entirely in the Lorraine Hotel, in Memphis, 1968, after the civil rights leader has delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
He’s weary and a bit under the weather as he works on writing a new message to move the masses. When King orders a cup of coffee, a mysterious woman delivers the drink, and the two become engaged in a spirited and wide-ranging conversation about racism and civil rights as well as King’s own past and future legacy.
In viewing Hall’s engrossing play you’re able to experience a rising new voice while also commemorating the 50th Anniversary of King’s iconic speech in a most theatrical way.
Tickets are available online.
Philadelphia Theatre Company’s The Mountaintop
When: January 18–February 17
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 280 S. Broad Street
More info: www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org