The Mountaintop

  By Katori Hall
Directed by Gavin Mayer
The Mountaintop at Arvada Center

Please note: This production contains extensive mature language and is performed without an intermission.

“Great theatre can emerge from a simple yet evocative question: 'What if?' Katori Hall, a daring,  young African American playwright, imagines - what might have Martin Luther King, Jr. done the night before he died? Whom might he have talked to? What might he have said? Her Olivier Award-winning play imagines a scenario portraying Martin Luther King more as a man, than a myth. Katori Hall felt 'It is important to see the humanity in this hero so we can see the hero in ourselves.' As a simple hotel room becomes a battleground where man and myth fight for their future, Hall's interpretation crescendos into an unexpected and lyrical flight of theatrical fancy that will leave audiences breathless from the view. 

Original Broadway production was produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman and Ambassador Theatre Group

"This sensational and powerful performance will leave you thinking..."
     John DiTirro , Denver Examiner

"The playwright toys with the juxtaposition of the momentous and the minor, superstar hero versus fallible human."
    - Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post

“(Playwright Katori Hall) removes King from his pedestal and paints a deeply complex and human portrait of the man who became the focal point for the civil rights movement in the U.S.”

    - Bob Bows, ColoradoDrama.com 

Black Box Theatre
March 22 – April 17, 2016 
Previews March 18 – 20, 2016

Times & Pricing: 
Previews - Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 p.m. $25
Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. and Sat & Sun, 2:00 p.m.; prime $48, value $42  
Tues, Wed, Thu, 7:30 p.m. and Wed, 1:00 p.m.;  prime $ 43, value $38

Performances of The Mountaintop will run about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The show is performed without an intermission.

Prologues will be offered 45 minutes prior to every performance. Designed to immerse audiences in the world of the play before the curtain rises, these entertaining talks explore the historical context of the play, essential themes and interesting facts about the production. Talks are free of charge and last between 20 and 30 minutes. A 15 to 20 minute break will be provided between the end of each prologue and the start of the performance.
 
Insider’s Talk Backs; a moderated conversation with cast members will be offered following every performance except for previews, opening night and closing matinee. 
 

The Mountaintop Theatre Salon

Have a passion for theatre? Come join the Arvada Center Theatre Salon facilitated by Sasha Fisher, recipient of London’s Time Out Critic’s Choice Award for her work in classical theatre. You’ll spend four weeks exploring the script, including scene study, character development and the play’s overall themes and objectives. The course will include a visit from the directing staff and/or actors performing in the production of study and includes attendance at a Wednesday evening performance.

Tuition $60 plus one ticket to the performance ($28) for a total cost of $88

Wed, March 30 – April 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 4 weeks, plus performance April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Cedric Mays - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cedric Mays (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) is making his Arvada Center debut. Regional credits include: What I Learned In Paris (Indiana Repertory Theatre); …And In This Corner Cassius Clay (StageOne Family Theatre); The Mountaintop (Virginia Stage Company); Bud, Not Buddy (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Fish Men (Goodman Theatre); Gem of the Ocean (Penumbra Theatre Company/Guthrie Theatre); Redshirts! (Penumbra Theatre Company/Round House Theatre); Blue/Orange (Theatre Alliance). Television: Chicago Code and Detroit 1-8-7. He is a graduate of The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Betty Hart - Camae

Betty Hart (Camae) is making her Arvada Center debut. Regional: Beehive (Blowing Rock Stage Company), The Secret Garden (Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre). Atlanta: Jar the Floor (Alliance Theatre), The Trojan Women (Theatre Emory), As it is in Heaven (Aurora Theatre), The America Play(Actor’s Express), Keeping Watch (Theatrical Outfit), Merchant of Venice and The Crucible (The New American Shakespeare Tavern). Locally, Betty has performed as Erzulie inOnce on this Island (Aurora Fox) and Kate in Good People (Curious Theatre) for which she won the 2014 Marlowe Award for outstanding actress in a supporting role-comedy.

       

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