UNCW Presents

The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop

On April 4th, 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 3rd 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
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.

“…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.” – AudioFile Magazine (winner of AudioFile Earphones Award)

The Mountaintop