Capital Stage continues its 2012-13 “Season of Power Plays” with the Sacramento premiere of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” — a surrealistic fantasy about a chance encounter between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the future of his people.
“The Mountaintop” runs to April 21.
Set in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, “The Mountaintop” imagines the events that might have taken place the night before the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
After delivering his magnificent “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, an exhausted and defeated Dr. King retires to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel where he encounters a mysterious and spirited stranger as an epic storm rages outside.
“The Mountaintop” made its world premiere in London at Theatre 503 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in the West End, winning the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play. It then premiered on Broadway in 2011, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.
Local director/playwright/actor Anthony D’Juan makes his Capital Stage directorial debut with this Sacramento premiere which features Beethoven Oden as Martin Luther King Jr. and ZZ Moor as Camae. The design team includes Jonathan Williams, Lalena Hutton and Ron Madonia.
“The Mountaintop” contains strong language and will be performed at the Capital Stage, at 2215 J St. in Sacramento.