Davenport’s Mockingbird Debuts With Critically-Acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. Story, ‘The Mountaintop’
Downtown Davenport’s The Mockingbird On Main will present their inaugural production – Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” July 29 through August 7.
What happened inside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night before the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther
King, JR. is a mystery. In “The Mountaintop,” Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential motel maid.
Hours after King’s famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated reverend reveals his hopes, regrets and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality.
Praised as “wondrous, hilarious and heartbreaking” by London’s Independent and “a powerful, poetic take on (King’s) legacy” by the Los Angeles Times, “The Mountaintop” won the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Play in 2010.
The production is directed by Kira Rangel and stars Anthony Hendricks as Martin Luther King, JR. and Erica Faye as Camae, the enigmatic maid. “The Mountaintop” is being stage managed by Synthia Gonzalez and produced by Tristan Tapscott and Savannah Bay Strandin.
“We are thrilled to be starting this new adventure with a piece like this and to be able to feature these artists”, co-producer Tristan Tapscott said. His partner – co-producer Savannah Bay Strandin added, “When I first saw The Mountaintop several years ago, I was moved beyond words. It is a stunning piece and I am overjoyed that this is our inaugural production”.
“The Mountaintop” will play The Mockingbird On Main’s Downtown Davenport venue located at 320 North Main St on July 29, 30, 31 and August 5, 6, 7 at 8:00pm. Doors open to the public nightly at 7:30pm. Advances reservations are highly encouraged as the venue is intimate and seating is limited. Tickets and details can be found by visiting TheMockingbirdOnMain.com!
“The Mountaintop” is being presented by Jackson County Protective Services and The Mockingbird On Main’s 2021 season is being presented by QuadCities.com.