The Mountaintop

March 28 - April 19, 2014 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

A bold re-imagining of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night.

The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, 1968. In this bold re-imagining of the events on the eve of his assassination, we find Martin Luther King, Jr., in his hotel room after delivering his most memorable speech, when an unexpected visit from a feisty maid brings surprising news. Through this encounter, Dr. King is forced to confront his doubts, destiny and legacy to his people. A soul-stirring hit in London and on Broadway, The Mountaintop’s dramatic, magical storytelling gives us insight into King the man, and reaches a summit that might surprise you.

The Mountaintop received the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Play and earned playwright Katori Hall the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. 

Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission. This production contains mature language.


   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
James T. Alfred
Erika LaVonn

Artistic Staff

 Director Lou Bellamy
 Set Designer
Vicki Smith
Lighting Designer
Don Darnutzer
Sound and Video Designer
Martin Gwinup
Costume Designer
Kish Finnegan
Stage Manager
Mary K. Winchell
Assistant Stage Manager
Michele Hossle
Video Design Assistant
Kathy Maxwell
Casting Director
Harriet Bass

Learn More

The Mountaintop Study Guide created by Penumbra Theatre Company


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production photos by Tim Fuller


WCCO: James T. Alfred talks about playing Martin Luther King, Jr., and revealing the man behind the legacy 



StarTribune: Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop" opens at the Guthrie


StarTribune: From "The Mountaintop" to the promised land
Vita.MN: MLK as you've never seen him before The Mountaintop by Penumbra at the Guthrie