TUE, APR 3
7:30 PM • Rudder Theatre
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop," the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. This performance coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
The play will star film, television, and stage actors Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown. Shirley Jo Finney will direct. Karen Malina White has received two NAACP Image Awards as well as the LA Drama Critics Award and the LA Ovation Award. She has been seen on screen in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and numerous independent films such as The Ties That Bind and Where Do We Go From Here. Her television credits include The Cosby Show, How To Get Away With Murder, Living Single, Animal Kingdom, and VEEP among many others.
Gilbert Glenn Brown is an accomplished stage actor with credits ranging from the Goodman Theatre to True Colors Theatre Company to the National Black Theatre Festival. Television appearances include Stranger Things, Valor, C.S.I. Miami, Cold Case, The Shield, and others. On film, he’s been seen in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline II, and Raising the Heights.
Shirley Jo Finney is a multi-award winning director with credits that include the Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theater, the Humana Festival, Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Theater Workshop, among many others.
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