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The Mountaintop

Through a fiercely emotional recapturing of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final hours, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, presented by Charleston’s PURE Theatre, unveils the iconic figure’s essential humanity. The play, consisting of only two characters, takes audiences into MLK Jr.’s private life, within the setting of Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The MountaintopThis fictional imagining of what might have transpired in that room is a dramatic representation meant to affect people – and perhaps even change their lives. While there is much information to be found surrounding King’s death, Hall felt “there’s nothing that cuts to the core of how you deal with knowing that there’s a bullet waiting for you.”

The characters of Dr. King and Camae, a hotel maid who brings King a quick cup of coffee, carry out a touching depiction of what King’s last evening on Earth might have looked like. He laughs, shouts and expresses other raw emotions that one does not typically picture when recalling the strong, powerful public figure who changed the lives of so many.

Through portraying a King who is exhausted from his travels, his workload and the threats against his family, The Mountaintop reveals an unexpected relationship between two strangers as Camae forces King to confront his own humanity.

As a part of this new statewide touring circuit, The Mountaintop will be presented in five theatres in Camden, Beaufort, Columbia, Cheraw and here at Weldon Auditorium in Clarendon County.

Please join us for the show on February 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are $20  for the first eleven rows and $15 for everything else.