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The Mountaintop
By Katori Hall
Directed by Roger Guenveur Smith

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall’s compelling drama, The Mountaintop. Hours after King’s final speech, punctuated by his immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated reverend forms an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what will be his final day.

Recorded before a live audience in Los Angeles at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA.

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