Kravis Center To Present THE MOUNTAINTOP

Kravis Center To Present THE MOUNTAINTOPL.A. Theatre Works has announced the casting of stage, film and television stars Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown for their upcoming tour of the Olivier Award-winning hit play, The Mountaintop. As the nation honors the 50th anniversary of his passing, the fictional tale of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night alive comes to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts as a part of the Center's P.E.A.K. Series April 20 - 21, 2018.

Karen Malina White has received two NAACP Image Awards as well as the LA Drama Critics Circle Award and the LA Ovation Award. She has been seen on screen in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and numerous independent films such as The Ties That Bind and Where Do We Go From Here. Her television credits include The Cosby Show, How To Get Away With Murder, Living Single, Animal Kingdom and VEEP among many others.

Gilbert Glenn Brown is an accomplished stage actor with credits ranging from The Goodman Theatre to True Colors Theatre Company to the National Black Theatre Festival. Television appearances include Stranger Things, Valor, CSI Miami, Cold Case, The Shield and others. He has been seen on film in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline 2, and Raising the Heights.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside that room the night before remains a mystery. Playwright Katori Hall surmises what may have transpired between the civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid in her smash hit, The Mountaintop. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop," the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently ran on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. This acclaimed play contains mature language.

This P.E.A.K. Series performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis. The Mountaintop takes the Rinker Playhouse stage Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by visiting the official Kravis Center website at kravis.org; in person at the Kravis Center Box Office located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach or by phone at 561-832-7469. For Group Sales, please call 561-651-4438 or 561-651-4304.

About L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization whose mission is to present, preserve, and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Its recorded library of over 500 works includes everything from Shakespeare to Arthur Miller, and Oscar Wilde to modern Tony winners. Through their national outreach programs, L.A. Theatre Works supports the arts and humanities in the classroom and access to the arts for the general public. Find out more at www.latw.org.

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and International Artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at kravis.org.

Photo Credit: Kirk Richard Smith

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