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To honor and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the new year, the Duluth Playhouse presents a virtual staged reading of The Mountaintop, written by Katori Hall. The performance premieres Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. on ShowTix4U and remains available through Jan. 18.
Tickets are $10 per household and once a ticket is purchased, the patron will have 48-hours to watch the performance on-demand from the comfort of their own home. An educational study guide will also be available by request for classrooms and other educational groups interested in a deeper learning experience.
In this virtual staged reading, audiences will get a front-row seat to witness an exhausted Dr. King on the evening of April 3, 1968 as he retires to his room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis after making his memorable “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. While a storm rages outside, Dr. King is visited by an enigmatic maid, Camae, who can unveil the humanity and vulnerability of America’s larger-than-life icon.
The Mountaintop received its world premiere in London at Theatre 503 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in the West End, where it won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play. The 2011 Broadway production starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.
Appearing as Dr. King is Gabriel Mayfield (recently seen in the virtual holiday show, Songs of the Season) and Daysha Ramsey is Camae (previously seen in Smokey Joe’s Café and Grease). Diona Johnson is tackling the dramaturgy of the production and Phillip Fazio is taking on the production’s staging.
For more information on this special Martin Luther King Jr. Day performance, visit duluthplayhouse.org.