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The Mountaintop Katori Hall

The Mountaintop By Katori Hall

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall


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The Mountaintop Summary

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

Exactly one year ago, I stood in that crumbling pulpit in Riverside and shouted that this war would be our own violent undoing, freedom's suicide . . . Well, I'll tell you, there weren't too many Amens that Sunday. But who is a man who does not speak his mind? He is not a man, but I am a man. The night before his assassination, King retires to room 306 in the now-famous Lorraine Motel after giving an acclaimed speech to a massive church congregation. When a mysterious young maid visits him to deliver a cup of coffee, King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people. Portraying rhetoric, hope and ideals of social change, The Mountaintop also explores being human in the face of inevitable death. The play is a dramatic feat of daring originality, historical narration and triumphant compassion. This Modern Classics edition of the play features a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson and an introduction by Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre, University of Maryland.

The Mountaintop Reviews

Inventive and startlingly moving * The Times *
Sometimes a play comes out of the blue and knocks everyone for six . . . A beautiful and startling piece, beginning naturalistically before shifting gear into something magical, spiritual and touching . . . A play that keeps you marveling to the end. * Telegraph *
Wondrous, hilarious and heartbreaking * Independent *
This is a play that honours greatness, while recognising humanity. -- Sam Marlowe * THE TIMES *
Hall's play is as funny as it is gut-wrenchingly sad. -- Matt Breen * Time Out London *
. . .in it's evocation of an unjust, fractured America, [Hall's play] has few equals. -- Fergus Morgan * THE STAGE *

About Katori Hall

Katori Hall is from Memphis, Tennessee. Her play The Mountaintop was first produced to great acclaim at Theatre503, London, in June 2009, and received a transfer to the Trafalgar Studios, London, the following month. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, and opened in Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York City, in October 2011. Other plays include Hurt Village, Hoodoo Love, Remembrance, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, The Hope Well and Pussy Valley. Her numerous awards include the 2007 Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a 2006 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting, a residency at the Royal Court Theatre in 2006, and the 2005 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting award. Faedra Chatard Carpenter is Associate Professor in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Table of Contents

Foreword; introduction; play text

Additional information

NPB9781472587718
9781472587718
1472587715
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
New
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2015-05-21
88
N/A
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