Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2009, The Mountaintop is a historical-fantastical two-person play, set at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where at 6.01 PM the following day--April 4, 1968--Martin Luther King will stand on the balcony to greet a crowd and be shot dead.
The night before his assassination King retires to room 306 in the now famous motel after giving an acclaimed speech to a massive church congregation. When a mysterious young maid visits him to deliver a cup of coffee, King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people.
Katori Hall's light touch presents a lively mood with hints of surrealism and fantasy, but also a clear-eyed view of the man behind the legend. She depicts King as a real man with vanity and the odd adulterous lapse, but nevertheless inspirational and capable of effecting momentous societal shifts.
Portraying rhetoric, hope and ideals of social change, The Mountaintop also explores the constraints of being flawed and human in the face of inevitable death.