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The Mountaintop – A Patten Theatre Performance
April 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm | $15 – $30
Organizer: UTC Fine Arts, Phone: (423) 425-4371 https://www.utc.edu/fine-arts-center/
Categories: On Stage
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.
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. In 2018, as Americans and the world mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., The Mountaintop brings context to us in our struggle to resolve the racial tensions which remain a challenge for communities everywhere.
Bringing this remarkable performance to UTC’s Fine Arts Center is LA Theatre Works, the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades. They broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, stream online at www.latw.org and air internationally on the BBC, CBC, and many other English language networks. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions while also delighting audiences in over 300 small towns and major cities with its unique live radio theater style performances. An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater… is an event. And LA Theatre Works is bringing one of its finest events ever it to the UTC Fine Arts Center this April. You don’t want to miss this play!
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