Triad Stage

The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop

October 20 - November 10, 2013

by Katori Hall

Take The First Step.

April 3, 1968. Memphis, Tennessee. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, exhausted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to his room at the Lorraine Motel. He just wants a cup of coffee, a pack of cigarettes and a good night’s sleep. But when a very attractive maid arrives with his coffee, King is thrown off balance. As the night progresses and a storm rages outside, the maid reveals herself to be much more than King first believed.   A triumphant and surprising celebration of the human in history unfolds as King’s mysterious visitor guides the way through the dangers and the joys of the journey to THE MOUNTAINTOP

For mature audiences.

THE MOUNTAINTOP is presented as a co-production with PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Presented with support from O.Henry Hotel

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cedric Mays
Lakisha May

Creative Team

Raelle Myrick-Hodges
Scenic and Costume Designer
Junghyun Georgia Lee
Lighting Designer
Xavier Pierce
Sound Designer
Robert Dagit
Video Designer
Nicholas Hussong
Assistant Director
Jeffrey Meanza
Adam Versenyi
Vocal Coach
John Patrick
Movement Coordinator
Craig Turner
Casting Director
McCorkle Casting, Ltd.
Stage Manager
Emily J. Mails
Playmakers Repertory Company


Triad Stage - Pictured: Lakisha May; Photo by: VanderVeen Photographers

Triad Stage - Pictured: Cedric Mays and Lakisha May; Photo by: VanderVeen Photographers

Triad Stage - Pictured: Lakisha May and Cedric Mays; Photo by: VanderVeen Photographers

Triad Stage - Pictured: Lakisha May as Camae & Cedric Mays as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Jon Gardiner

Triad Stage - Pictured: Lakisha May as Camae. Photo by Jon Gardiner.

Triad Stage - Pictured: Cedric Mays as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Jon Gardiner.


April 3, 1968. Memphis, Tennessee. Watch the trailer for "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall. Video by Mark Wagoner Productions. Featuring UNCG student actress Madelynn Poulson.

Sneak Peak: The Mountaintop featuring Lakisha May and Cedric Mays. Video produced by Image Creations Digital Media.

"The Mountaintop" brings MLK Jr. story to Triad Stage

News & RecordOctober 17, 2013

For 90 minutes straight, six days a week, Cedric Mays becomes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Mountaintop envisions the last hours of Martin Luther King

Indy WeekSeptember 25, 2013

 But when a rescue's taking place in an accounting of a life, it's usually important to determine what the writer believed was in need of rescue, and why. That's one of the questions still haunting me after Saturday night's premiere of The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall's imaginative and controversial account of Martin Luther King's last night alive.

THE MOUNTAINTOP Puts a Cultural Icon in a New Light

Broadway WorldSeptember 24, 2013

A rainy Saturday evening in Chapel Hill was fitting for the opening night of PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of The Mountaintop, produced in partnership with Greensboro's Triad Stage. The play, written by Katori Hall, also takes place on a rainy evening - a fateful one: April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. It was the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot, and it follows the man through his final evening, which was spent in his hotel room. Hall mixes historical reality with playful conjecture to create a piece which is heartwarming and thought-provoking.

'Mountaintop' is engaging, surprising

News & ObserverSeptember 23, 2013

 Plays about historical figures often portray their subjects as glorified symbols, but Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop humanizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with fears and foibles, humor and hubris.

In, "The Mountaintop," an imagining of MLK's last night

Durham Herald-SunSeptember 19, 2013

In “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s play about the last night of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, just two actors are on stage for the 90-minute production. It’s quick and long at the same time, said Cedric Mays, the actor portraying King... Without an intermission, it just “goes, goes, goes” without even a water break, he said.

Play explores MLK's last night alive

The Daily Tar HeelSeptember 18, 2013

“This play celebrates the legacy of MLK Jr.,” said Preston Lane, artistic director of Triad Stage. “It reminds us that at one point he was going to take us to the mountaintop. He started a journey for freedom and justice and equality in America. We’re carrying on his dream of what greatness America would be capable of.”

Katori Hall's Stirring Drama, "The Mountaintop," Is Set on the Day Before MLK Was Assassinated

Triangle Arts and EntertainmentSeptember 18, 2013

The Mountaintop is a stirring two-character drama in which 32-year-old African-American actress and playwright Katori Hall imagines what might have happened on Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s next-to-last day on Earth — on April 3, 1968 — and asks “What if?”