Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4 PM 

At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Category A $45 | Category B $35 | Category C $20
$10 students with ID and children 18 and under


“It is a relationship that is breathtaking, hilarious, and heart-stopping in its exchanges and in its speedy ability to reveal character and pull the audience into the ring.”  —The Independent, London

Susan Loewenberg, producing director
by Katori Hall

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before is a mystery. In this internationally acclaimed play, author Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. The play will start film, television, and stage actors Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown. Shirley Jo Finney will direct.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, giving a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” King reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently ran on Broadway, starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.

Karen Malina White has received two NAACP Image Awards, as well as the L.A. Drama Critics Award and the L.A. Ovation Award. She has been seen on screen in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and numerous independent films, such as The Ties That Bind and Where Do We Go From Here. Her television credits include The Cosby Show, How To Get Away With Murder, Living Single, Animal Kingdom, and VEEP, among many others.

Gilbert Glenn Brown is an accomplished stage actor with credits ranging from the Goodman Theatre to True Colors Theatre Company to the National Black Theatre Festival. Television appearances include Stranger Things, Valor, C.S.I. Miami, Cold Case, The Shield, and others. On film, he’s been seen in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline II, and Raising the Heights.

Shirley Jo Finney is a multi award-winning director with credits that include the Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theater, the Humana Festival, Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Theater Workshop, among many others.

The program contains some mature language.

ColorsVA is the media sponsor for this event.

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