Written by American playwright Katori Hall, The Mountaintop is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth, set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968.

It premiered at a small theatre in London before transferring to the West End and winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. Following its London success, The Mountaintop opened on Broadway in 2011 starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

The LA Times called it “a powerful, poetic take on his legacy — its triumphs and still-unfulfilled promises — from the perspective of a generation that followed him.”

The Mountaintop is an MLK50 event and is presented by the Orpheum Theatre Group in partnership with the Hattiloo Theatre.


Martin Luther King Jr.: Larry Bates

Camae: Danielle Moné Truitt*


Roger Guenveur Smith

* Nominated for an Ovation Award for her performance