L.A. Theatre Works, The Mountaintop By Katori Hall
February 26th, 2018
Show Time: 7pm
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, 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.
Q & A with Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown
Come spend some time before the show with the lead performers of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Explore with them what it is like to portray Real-Life characters on stage while touring the performance nationally.
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, C.S.I. Miami, Cold Case, The Shield, and others. On film, he's been seen in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline II, and Raising the Heights.
Members of L.A. Theatre Works will discuss the strategies and challenges of playing a real person on stage. Many of L.A. Theatre Works' productions are populated with real-life characters or amalgamations of several real people. Most actors perform roles entirely created by the imagination of the author but when an actor is faced with playing a person who lived or is alive, how is the preparation different? What can actors do to prepare for such a role? What are the pitfalls? In what areas can an actor reasonably take liberties with the character? The L.A. Theatre Works actor(s) visiting the class will discuss his/her experiences in preparing to play his/her role and will discuss the research and rehearsal that went into making their character come alive again, on stage.
This additional experience is open to 35 people and will take place earlier in the day from 3pm-4pm before the performance at 7pm. General admission tickets for the Q & A must be presented to attend. You can reserve your tickets in person at any box office in The Villages starting January 3, 2018.
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