Martin Luther King, Jr. was heroic and he was also fallible. His calling to racial justice pushed the loving husband and father into the road life of grimy motels and secret cigarettes, and of midnight conversations with unexpected guests.
The night before his 1968 assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. retires to the Lorraine Hotel after delivering his last impassioned speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” He flirts with a comely room-service maid, whose agenda is greater than a simple meal. As their conversation deepens, true intentions come to light in a story about racism and justice, the divergent paths of legacy, and how a great man is also a human being. The Mountaintop is steeped in magical realism and symbolism.
RUNTIME: 100 min
The Mountaintop Production Photos
Photos courtesy of C. Stanley Photography
Featured Writing for The Mountaintop
Hiking up the mountain with Dr. Martin Luther King: Speculative storytelling about an icon’s last night
By Jennifer Levin Images: C. Stanley Photography Dr. Martin Luther King checks into a motel during a spring rainstorm. Weary after speaking at a local church, he takes off his shoes and relaxes on the bed, wishing for a cigarette. He begs the front desk for a hot cup of coffee. Sooner than he expects, a room-service maid arrives at…
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This production includes:
- smoking of herbal cigarettes
- adult subject matters (violence, infidelity)
- Not suitable for children under 14
- Contains a brief moment of projected images of historical events that might be upsetting to some.
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