Mon07282014

Stepping Out

‘The Mountaintop’ ends run Sunday


Photo By: Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Tracy Martin/Special To The Town Crier

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Adrian Roberts) listens to motel maid Camae (Simone Missick) as she declares her opinion in TheatreWorks’ “The Mountaintop,” closing Sunday in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of “The Mountaintop” is slated to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Katori Hall’s drama reimagines the events on the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“As 2013 marks the 50th anniversary year of Dr. King’s seminal ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, it seemed particularly appropriate to present this important work this season,” TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley said.

After delivering an oration supporting the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike in which he declares, “I have been to the mountaintop,” an exhausted King retires to his motel while a storm rages outside. Camae, an effervescent and beautiful motel maid, arrives with King’s coffee, but it soon becomes clear that she is not whom she appears to be. When she reveals some surprising news, King is forced to confront his life, his legacy and the future of his people.

“Mountaintop” won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and debuted on Broadway in 2011.

Anthony J. Haney directs the TheatreWorks production, which features Adrian Roberts as King and Simone Missick as Camae.

Performances are scheduled 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play includes mature language.

Tickets are $23-$73.

For advance tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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