Hall's Mountaintop to Open on Broadway in Fall; Leon to Direct

News   Hall's Mountaintop to Open on Broadway in Fall; Leon to Direct Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, which received a 2010 Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Play, will arrive on Broadway in fall 2010.
The Mountaintop playwright Katori Hall
The Mountaintop playwright Katori Hall

Jean Doumanian Productions in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions will produce the acclaimed play, which will be directed by Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun). Casting will be announced at a later date.

In a joint statement Doumanian and Friedman said, "The Mountaintop is a brilliantly conceived gem of a play. An ambitious work of fiction that is powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating. We are honored to be bringing Katori Hall’s remarkable work to New York, and to present a singular new American playwright to Broadway audiences.

Set on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop, according to press notes, "is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as he retires to Room 306 in the now famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis, after delivering his legendary ‘From the mountaintop’ speech to a massive church congregation. When room-service is delivered by a young woman, whose identity we puzzle over, King is forced to confront his past, as well as his legacy to his people."

The Mountaintop received its world premiere in a three-week run at Theatre 503 in June 2009, and subsequently transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 1.

Katori Hall, an American actress and playwright, grew up in Memphis and is a child of the post-civil rights era. She is a recent graduate from the Juilliard School playwriting program and was the recipient of William Inge Theatre Festival's 2010 Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theatre Award. She is an alumnus of both Harvard and Columbia Universities.

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