I have come to expect top-notch theater from Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, and with their latest production I am not disappointed.
Written by Katori Hall and directed by Sandra Brunell Neace, “The Mountaintop” is the fictitious story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night in the Lorraine Motel, Room 306, before his assassination the next day.
The story was not what I expected, delightfully so! I walked into the theater not knowing the details of the plot and I think that was a good thing. Having no expectations helped me to flow with the story and feel the energy of the experience.
One thing that is very clear is the passion of the performers in bringing this story, or rather, this experience to the audience. “The Mountaintop” is truly an emotional experience. There was not a dry eye in the theater the night I saw the show.
Justin Tanks portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Kennedy Hall portrays Camae in this one-act, two-person play. They both are powerful performers with a charisma that draws you into the story and into the characters they portray.
What I walked away with was an understanding of how a powerful man like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might be able to confront who he is, what he has done, and what is left to do when he is faced with his own mortality.
With the troubles our country faces in this tumultuous time, I believe we can take lessons from the past and from important leaders in history. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was certainly one of those leaders whose words need to be heard again. In fact, on the way home from the theater I did listen to two of his pivotal speeches.
I would also like to give a shout-out to Sandra Brunell Neace who directed this production of “The Mountaintop.” Her passion shows in the performances.
And did I mention that “The Mountaintop” is surprisingly sexy as well? Check out the photos and see if you agree.
“The Mountaintop” at GLM is a must-see and I have no doubt that it will be a sell-out run, so get your tickets soon so that you don’t miss out. There is an important and timely message here that I believe everyone should see.
Tickets are $15 in advance for performances scheduled through Sept. 9. For more information, check out GLM’s website: http://www.goodluckmacbeth.org/