WSU Performing Arts

Spring Series

Martin Luther King Jr.

L.A. Theatre Works
Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director

By Katori Hall

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

Directed by Shirley Jo Finney
Starring Karen Malina White & Gilbert Glenn Brown

Copresented with the WSU Office of Equity & Diversity as part of WSU's 2018 Martin Luther King Program.

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 the night before the killing is a mystery.

In her internationally acclaimed play The Mountaintop, Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

"A powerful, poetic take on [King's] legacy . . ."
Los Angeles Times

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.

"Wondrous, hilarious, and heartbreaking . . ."
The (London) Independent

Gilbert Glenn Brown and Karen Malina WhiteAbout the Cast

Karen Malina White has received two NAACP Image Awards as well as the LA Drama Critics 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. On film, he's been seen in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline II, and Raising the Heights.

This production contains some mature language.

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The 2017/2018 season is presented with support from
Residence Inn by Marriott Courtyard by Marriott


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$15 Seniors (60+)
$9 Non-WSU Students
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