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The Mountaintop

A final evening with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

8/28/2013, 12:14 p.m.
How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spend his last night on Earth? Portland Center Stage’s production of The Mountaintop, ...
Rodney Hicks stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Playing Saturday, Aug. 31 through Oct. 27 at Portland Center Stage. For tickets and information, visit pcs.org or call 503-445-3700. Patrick Weishampel

Memphis. The Lorraine Motel. April 4, 1968. A time and place burned into the American psyche. But what about April 3, 1968? How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spend his last night on Earth?

Portland Center Stage’s production of The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, previews Saturday, Aug. 31, opens Friday, Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 27.

Playwright Katori Hall creates a surrealistic fantasy in this breakout Broadway hit about a chance encounter between Dr. King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his legacy and the plight and future of his people.

“Dr. King was a complex, complicated man carrying a huge burden,” says Director Rose Riordan. “Katori has constructed a play that will keep us from getting lost in the mythology of who he was.”

The cast of The Mountaintop includes Rodney Hicks as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hicks was last seen at Portland Center Stage as Curly in 2011’s smash hit Oklahoma! His Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys, the closing and original casts of Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar, in addition to numerous regional and off-Broadway appearances.

The role of the mysterious motel maid Camae will be played by Natalie Paul who will be making her Portland debut in The Mountaintop. Some of her previous theater credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Eurydice and 365 Days/365 Plays.

Tickets start at $35, with discounts available for students and those under 25. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. Rush tickets are $20.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays and select Saturdays and matinees at noon on Thursdays. See the complete show calendar at pcs.org/mountaintop.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 503-445-3700 or by visiting the box office located at 128 N.W. 11th Ave. Group tickets can be purchased at 503-445-3794.