produced April 22 - May 10, 2015
written by Katori Hall
directed by Cristina Alicea
Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is a fictional re-imagining of a chance meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the evening before his assassination. A simple room service request leads to a confrontation of King's life, his past, his legacy, and his unfinished dreams.
Jolie Garrett* as Martin Luther King Jr.
Myxolydia Tyler* as Camae
Scenic Design: Jeff Modereger
Costume Design: Catherine Vigne
Lighting Design: Jeffrey E. Salzberg
Sound and Projections Design: Martha Goode
Props Master: Sue Wade
Technical Director: F. Patrick Orr
Production Stage Management: Dylan Friedman
Assistant Stage Manager: Aliza Kenney
Wardrobe Manager: Kathryn Whitson
MATURE LANGUAGE & SOME MATURE CONCEPTS - Recommended for ages 12 and older
* Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.
The Mountaintop was the inaugural production funded in part through Vermont Stage's new Arts Innovation Fund
Behind the Scenes
"Even before the first flash of lightning—and there will be plenty of that before evening's end—an ominous electricity crackles through the opening moments of 'The Mountaintop.'" - The New York Times
"['The Mountaintop'] crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood." - NY Newsday
"…as audacious as it is inventive…[a] thrilling, wild, provocative flight of magical realism…Hall keeps her audience guessing…This is playwriting without a net, a defiant poke in the eye of all historical conventions and political correctness…The King that is left after Hall's humanization project is somehow more real and urgent and whole." - Associated Press
"Katori Hall's 'The Mountaintop' is a fierce, sweet call to action. The playwright employs a touch of magical realism to reimagine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on Earth. Her fictional conversation between King and a chambermaid at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., addresses race with both humor and gravity — and inadvertent prescience." - Seven Days
"Vermont Stage Company opened a delightful production Wednesday at the FlynnSpace that beautifully mixed the comedy of the play with the gravity of the situation. It was hilarious and deeply touching." - The Rutland Herald