August 31 — October 27
In the Ellyn Bye Studio
By Katori Hall
Directed by Rose Riordan
2010 Olivier Award for Best Play
April 4, 1968. Memphis. The Lorraine Motel. A time and place burned into the American psyche. But what about April 3? How did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spend his last night on Earth? Playwright Katori Hall creates a surrealistic fantasy in this breakout Broadway hit about a chance encounter between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his legacy and the plight and future of his people.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
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The running time for The Mountaintop is approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Please Note: Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under age 6 are not permitted at PCS productions. This production contains strong language.
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Reviews and Features
Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 15 Sep 2013]
Director Rose Riordan has honored the nuances in this remarkable, heart-wrenching drama, and she has made sure the rhythms of language and the story’s pacing are strong and satisfying… As the evening progresses, though, we watch and listen in amazement as the story makes a sudden turn into a startling fantasy realm, which we won’t give away here: It’s a transition that sneaks up on us, and virtually explodes onstage.
Lisa Loving | The Skanner [Review 15 Sep 2013]
First produced in 2010, by Katori Hall—and already considered a classic—this two-person show features Rodney Hicks as King and Natalie Paul as a maid at the Lorraine Motel who brings him a cup of coffee on the night before his assassination.
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23 September 2013 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
With the current commemoration of Martin Luther King and his “I Have a Dream” speech, critics are drawing attention to the difference between the idealized King we revere today and King, the man. The Mountaintop focuses squarely on the latter. First produced in 2010 by Katori Hall, this two-person show opening at PCS features Rodney Hicks as King and Natalie Paul as a maid at the Lorraine Motel, who brings him a cup of coffee on the night before his assassination. The Skanner News recently spoke with Hicks about the play, the man and society today.More