The Mountaintop

August 31 — October 27, 2013
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.

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon

View our Season Calendar for a full list of performances and dates.

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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Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

31 December 2013 & Posted by Alice Hodge

It’s that time of year.


To Life: A FIDDLER Cabaret

24 September 2013 & Posted by Cynthia Fuhrman

To Life:

Featuring cast members from Fiddler on the Roof performing all sorts of fantastic songs, showcasing their talents beyond what we see them do every night.


An Interview with Rodney Hicks

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.



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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.

Marty Hughley | Oregon Arts Watch [Review 15 Sep 2013]

Director Rose Riordan approaches it with her characteristic scrupulousness; she’s a skillful hand with the clever tilt from naturalism into higher theatricality and with the sort of seriocomic balancing act that Hall’s play endeavors. Most importantly, she’s found a fine pair of actors for these roles and drawn delightful performances from them.

Rebecca Jacobson | Willamette Week [Review 15 Sep 2013]

Hicks and Paul have an engaging chemistry, one that’s alternately flirtatious and politically charged, which continues all the way to a frenzied pillow fight (it’s a lovely image, with tiny white feathers flying about the stage like snow). And director Rose Riordan keeps things tight and energetic…


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