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MRT 2012/13 Season

Gutenberg! The Musical!  •  Assassins  •  The Mountaintop  •  Blues in the Night  •  The Diary of Anne Frank •  A Christmas Carol  •  Sense and Sensibility
Mind Over Milwaukee  •  How The World Began  •  Rep Lab  •  Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  •  Clybourne Park  •  A Raisin In the Sun  •  One Night With Janis Joplin

The Mountaintop

“An emotionally powerful and theatrically stunning moment of truth.”



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By Katori Hall
September 26- November 4
Stiemke Studio

On the eve of his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., cools down in a lonely Memphis hotel room after delivering the speech of a lifetime—when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young hotel maid pushes King into a confrontation with his doubts, fears, and haunting premonitions. A soul-stirring hit in London and on Broadway, The Mountaintop’s humorous, magical storytelling fuses theatricality with spirituality to reach a summit that will leave audiences breathless.


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Assassins gallery

The Mountaintop Photo Gallery

Mark Clements

The Mountaintop isn’t a biography, per se, but rather a very smart, very funny, very moving, and very respectful exploration of the ideas that were occupying Dr. King’s mind on the night prior to his death. The maid character is essential to this innately theatrical play, but impossible to describe without giving away a clever twist that the audience will absolutely lap up!


» 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play

» Learn more about The Mountaintop
   from Artistic Director Mark Clements


Creative Team

May Adrales, Director

Lee Savage, Scenic Designer

Holly Payne, Costume Designer

Gina Scherr, Lighting Designer

Barry G. Funderburg, Sound Designer

Jared Mezzocchi, Video Designer

Sandy Ernst, Casting Director

Stephanie Klapper, New York Casting Director

Dialect Coach, Jill Walmsely Zager

Stage Manager, Richelle Harrington Calin*

Stage Management Apprentice, Jason Simpson

Assistant Director, Maggie Ellsworth

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

J Bernard Calloway

J Bernard Calloway (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), making his Rep debut, was last seen on Broadway in the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis where he originated the role of Delray; Off-Broadway he has performed at The Public Theater in the ground-breaking Pulitzer-Prize nominated drama The Good Negro, where he portrayed the role of Henry Evans to rave reviews and received an Audelco Nomination for his work; regional credits include: Jitney, Othello, Piano Lesson, Lobby Hero, A Soldier’s Play, Dreamgirls, Aida, Dinah Was and Spunk, to name a few.  -Top-

Nikiya Mathis

Nikiya Mathis (Camae), will also be making her Rep debut; New York credits include Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar at Playwrights Horizons and La Jolla Playhouse; The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy at The Public Theater and McCarter Theatre; Seed at Classical Theatre of Harlem Regional and Intimate Apparel at Two River Theater, to name a few; she received her BA at Temple University and her MFA at New York University.  -Top-

Katori Hall

Katori Hall (Playwright) is a playwright and performer from Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has been produced on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in regional theaters throughout the United States.

As an African-American growing up in a predominately white neighborhood, Hall was very aware of racial issues and the legacy of the civil rights movement as a child. She was raised in a working-class household, the youngest of four daughters. In 2003, she graduated from Columbia University and continued her training at Harvard and Julliard.

While training as an actor at Columbia, Hall realized the lack of roles for African-American women. At that moment, she knew she had to write. Today, Katori Hall’s published plays include The Mountaintop, Hoodoo Love, Hurt Village, and Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.

The Mountaintop was inspired by Hall’s mother, Carrie Mae Golden. In 1968, Carrie Mae asked her mother if she could go hear Dr. King speak at the Mason Temple. Her mother did not let her go because she feared the church would be bombed. The female character in The Mountaintop, Camae (short for Carrie Mae), is named for Katori Hall’s mother, giving her the chance she never had to meet Dr. King.

The Mountaintop premiered at Theatre 503 in London, and then transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, making Katori Hall the second black playwright and the fourth woman in 34 years to win the award. The Mountaintop’s Broadway run starred Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.  -Top-


May Adrales (Director) is proud to be an Artistic Associate at Milwaukee Rep and honored to direct Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. Previously, she directed Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman at The Rep. She has developed and directed work at Goodman Theatre, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Partial Comfort Productions and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Van Lier Fellow, Women’s Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and NYTW directing fellow alum and recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award. She is a former Artistic Program Director (Lark Play Development Center) and Artistic Associate (The Public Theater). She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama and is currently on the faculty. Recent and upcoming productions: Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival), David Henry Hwang’s Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre) and Stefanie Zadrevec’s Electric Baby (Two River Theatre Company).  -Top-

Lee Savage (Scenic Designer), a faculty member at Yale School of Drama, has extensive New York credits including Rx (Primary Stages), All-American (LCT3). The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre Company), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater), The Bereaved (Partial Comfort), punkplay (Clubbed Thumb) and End Days (EST).  -Top-

Holly Payne (Costume Designer), The Rep’s Costume Director, has designed several shows at The Rep including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Lombardi, The Bomb-itty of Errors and Speaking in Tongues.  -Top-

Gina Scherr (Lighting Designer), regional credits include: Yellowman (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); In This House (Two River Theater Company); Red (Asolo Rep Theatre and Maltz-Jupiter Theatre) and Safe In Hell (Yale Repertory Theatre). Off-Broadway: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project); Binibon (The Kitchen); Our Lot and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb); The Wife (Access Theater); The Apple Trilogy and Nutcracker Rouge (Company XIV); Pitch and Waxing West (East Coast Artists at LaMaMa ETC) and The Movado Hour (Baryshnikov Arts Center). Gina received her MFA from Yale School of Drama. www.ginascherr.com.  -Top-

Barry G. Funderburg (Sound Designer), has designed over 50 productions at The Rep including Othello, In The Next Room or the vibrator play, The 39 Steps, The Cherry Orchard and Pride and Prejudice, to name a few.  -Top-

Jared Mezzocchi (Video Designer), a multimedia director and designer for live multimedia performances, holds an MFA at Brooklyn College for Performance and Interactive Media Arts; he has directed at Andy’s Playhouse in Wilton, NH as well as directed original works throughout the New York City area; as a video designer, he recently designed The Glass Menagerie (Arena Stage, DC) and continues working with Caden Manson’s Big Art Group, The Builders Association, Rob Roth, Untitled Theater Company #61 and at Three Legged Dog.  -Top-

Jill Walmsley Zager (Dialect Coach), returns to The Rep after coaching To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, Cabaret, My Name is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and The 39 Steps.  -Top-

Learn more about the background of the show and/or the themes explored in this production.


» The Official Website of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial

» The Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change

» Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Biography, The Official Website of the Nobel Prize

» Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Biography Network

» Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Speech: “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”


» The National Theatre’s Interview with Katori Hall

» The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
   By Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson. New York: Grand Central, 1998.

» A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
   By Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by James Melvin. San Francisco: Harper, 1991.


» Katori Hall

» Katori Hall Makes It to ‘The Mountaintop’

» King - Documentary
   Produced by the History Channel, 2008

» Citizen King.

Documentary produced by PBS Studios, directed and written by Noland Walker and Orlando Bagwell, 2004. This documentary explores the last five years of Martin Luther King, Jr. It includes personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates, journalists, law enforcement officers, and historians.

» King: The Martin Luther King Story.

Film produced by MGM Studios, directed and written by Abby Mann, 1978. This film originated as a three-part miniseries, first telecast in 1978. Paul Winfield stars as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King.

» Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visits Milwaukee in 1965

» Freedom Riders


» Complete Audio of Dr. King’s “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech

» “Remembering MLK’s Prophetic ‘Mountaintop’ Speech,” National Public Radio.


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Running Time
1hr. and 30 min.

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Recommended Age
12 years and older

Content Advisory
Contains adult themes and language

Access Dates
Audio Described
Thurs. Oct. 11, 7:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thurs. Oct. 18, 7:30pm

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