Conjuring Dr. King in NYC

PlayBlog   Conjuring Dr. King in NYC
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, delivered the night before his assassination, is ringing out loud and clear from the East Side to the West Side of Manhattan this Black History Month in two one-man shows that conclude Feb. 14.


Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: From Douglass to Deliverance, written and performed by Tony Award nominee Andre De Shields in story and song at Abingdon Theatre's June Havoc Theatre on West 36th Street, includes the "Mountaintop" moment in its cavalcade of African-American life. The show also features the writings of James Baldwin and Frederick Douglass. Visit smarttix.com.

The Man in Room 306 is also Dr. King, as written and performed by Craig Alan Edwards, at 59E59 Theaters. The thunderous oratory he delivered in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis is preceded by some very nervous pacing-of-the-floor in his modest suite at the Lorraine Motel. Visit 59e59.org.

If you add a chambermaid bearing coffee to the man in Room 306, you have The Mountaintop, the hit London two-hander which producers Sonia Friedman and Jean Doumanian plan to bring to Broadway next season. Its author, Katori Hall, whose mother grew up one block from the scene of the assassination, recently contended for the London Evening Standard award for Best New Playwright.

— Harry Haun

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