Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Gilbert Glenn Brown and Karen Malina White to Lead 38 City Tour of THE MOUNTAINTOP

Gilbert Glenn Brown and Karen Malina White to Lead 38 City Tour of THE MOUNTAINTOP

In 2018, America and the world mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., even as the struggle to resolve racial tension remains a challenge for communities everywhere. Beginning January 12, L.A. Theatre Works commemorates the anniversary with a touring production of the internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, written by Katori Hall, directed by multiple award-winner Shirley Jo Finney and starring Gilbert Glenn Brown (CBS TV's The Inspectors, upcoming feature film The Best of Enemies) and Karen Malina White (The Cosby Show, A Different World, Malcolm and Eddie). The production will travel to 38 cities across the United States.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, only a few hours after his famed "I Have A Dream" speech, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. In The Mountaintop, Hall fantasizes what may have transpired inside that room before the assassination. Recipient of London's 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Hall's gripping re-imagining of events is rife with humanity and humor as the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets and fears to a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

"It was really important for me to show the human side of King," said Hall. "During this time, he was dealing with the heightened threat of violence, he was tackling issues beyond civil rights - economic issues - and was denouncing the Vietnam War. So I wanted to explore the emotional toll and the stress of that. King changed the world, but he was not a deity. He was a man, a human being like me and you. So it was important to show him as such: vulnerable."

The Mountaintop received its world premiere in London at Theatre 503 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in the West End. The 2011 Broadway production starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

L.A. Theatre Works' national touring program brings audiences at venues across the country the experience of a "live-in-performance" radio drama. Since 2005, L.A. Theatre Works has visited over 300 civic, performing arts and university venues with productions ranging from Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue to L.A. Theatre Works' original docu-dramas The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial andTop Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers. In 2011, L.A. Theatre Works toured China with Top Secret, playing to sold out houses of Chinese professionals and students; in 2013 the production was invited back to perform at Beijng's prestigious National Centre for the Performing Arts as well as the Tianjin Grand Theater and major venues in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Chongqing and Fuling.

For three decades, L.A. Theatre Works has been the leading radio theater company in the United States, committed to using innovative technologies to preserve and promote significant works of dramatic literature and bringing live theater into the homes of millions. The company's public radio series, featuring stage plays performed by America's top actors augmented by interviews with the artists and others, can be heard on public radio stations across the U.S.; can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and; and can be streamed on demand Over 11,000 libraries carry LATW's plays on audio, and recordings and teaching materials are used by over 3,000 middle and high schools across the country.

The tour schedule for The Mountaintop is as follows:

January 12, 2018
Numerica Performing Arts Center - Stanley Civic Center - Wenatchee, WA

January 13, 2018
Pantages Theater - Tacoma, WA

January 15-16, 2018
Daggy Hall - Washington State University - Pullman, WA

January 19, 2018
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - University of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN

January 20, 2018
The Whiting - Flint, MI

January 23, 2018
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts - Michigan Technolo - Houghton, MI

January 25, 2018
Roland Dille Center for the Arts - Minnesota State University - Moorhead, MN

January 28, 2018
Moss Arts Center - Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA

January 30, 2018
Brooks Center - Clemson University - Clemson, SC

February 1, 2018
Kenan Auditorium - University of North Carolina - Wilmington, NC

February 3, 2018
W.M. Turner Auditorium - Nacogdoches, TX

February 6, 2018
Seretean Center Concert Hall - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK

February 8, 2018
Pollak Theatre - Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ

February 9, 2018
Theater at RVCC - Somerville, NJ

February 10, 2018
Miller Center for the Arts - RACC - Reading, PA

February 13, 2018
Preston Fine Arts Center - Henderson, KY

February 15, 2018
Rose Lehrman Arts Center - HACC - Harrisburg, PA

February 17, 2018
August Wilson Center - Pittsburgh, PA

February 19, 2018
Jesse Hall Auditorium - University of Missouri - Columbia, MO

February 22, 2018
McCrary Theater - Elon University - Elon, NC

February 23, 2018
Duke Family Performance Hall - Davidson College - Davidson, NC

February 24, 2018
Crispus Attucks Theater - Norfolk, VA

February 26, 2018
The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center - The Villages, FL

February 27, 2018
Ritz Theatre - Jacksonville, FL

March 1-3, 2018
City Hall Arts Center - Hamilton, Bermuda

March 6, 2018
Lied Center for Performing Arts - University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

March 8, 2018
Hall Auditorium - Miami University - Oxford, OH

March 10-11, 2018
Queens Theatre - Flushing, NY

March 31, 2018
Eccles Center for the Performing Arts - Park City, UT

April 3, 2018
Rudder Theatre - Texas A&M University - College Station, TX

April 6, 2018
Center for Faith and Life - Luther College - Decorah, IA

April 8, 2018
Midland Center for the Arts - Midland, MI

April 10, 2018
Fine Arts Center - University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, TN

April 13, 2018
Weinberg Center - Frederick, MD

April 14, 2018
GMU Center for the Arts - George Mason University - Fairfax, VA

April 17, 2018
Stewart Theatre - North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

April 21, 2018
Rinker Playhouse - Kravis Center - West Palm Beach, FL

April 23, 2018
Lenfest Center - Washington & Lee University - Lexington, VA

Related Articles View More Philadelphia Stories   Shows

More Hot Stories For You