Katori Hall Paints Portrait Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in THE MOUNTAINTOP

It's 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just delivered a speech that is now known as "I've Been to the Mountaintop." When he returns to his room at the Lorraine Motel, King is visited by Camae, a mysterious maid whose charm disarms the civil rights leader. He doesn't know it, but this will be the last night of his life. This is the setup of The Mountaintop. Throughout the play, writer Katori Hall's witty and intelligent dialogue exposes the man behind the movement.

Hall's Olivier Award-winning The Mountaintop is a window into King's thoughts on his penultimate day. Hall tears down the myths surrounding the man and presents him as a human being, flawed and whole.

The Mountaintop is a Black Theatre Workshop and Neptune Theatre production. It runs on the GCTC Mainstage from January 22 - February 10.

"As racism surges throughout the world with a whole new sense of bravado, we can see that the fight against hatred will never end neatly." says GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates. "We must remember that no matter how deeply Dr. King impacted the world, he was not magical. He was a human being."

This production of The Mountaintop received acclaim from critics and audiences during its Montreal and Halifax runs and both of its leads, Tristan D. Lalla and Letitia Brookes, won Montreal English Theatre Awards for their performances. The set design, courtesy of Eo Sharp, faithfully recreates the Lorraine Motel, complete with illuminated signage over the fateful balcony.

CAST

  • Letitia Brookes: Camae
  • Tristan D. Lalla: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

CREATIVE TEAM

  • Deryl Amenya: Sound Collaborator
  • Howard Davis: Video Designer
  • Rob Denton:Composer
  • Birdie Gregor: Stage Manager
  • ahdri zhina mandiela: Director
  • David Perreault Ninacs: Lighting Designer
  • Eo Sharp: Set & Costume Designer

Tickets are on sale now at GCTC's Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or GCTC.ca. Regular ticket price range: $42 to $58; Rush Tickets $15 for students; $33 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased in person from the GCTC Box Office after noon on the day of performance. Valid student ID required for Student Rush.

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