PHOTO CALL: Samuel L. Jackson Offers Mountaintop Talkback, With Frank DiLella and Blake Ross

News   PHOTO CALL: Samuel L. Jackson Offers Mountaintop Talkback, With Frank DiLella and Blake Ross Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, was the third production to take part in $30 for 30, a special initiative from Playbill and NY1.

The one-night-only promotion on Dec. 7 at 8 PM, which was dedicated to offering an evening of affordable theatre and intelligent conversation to young theatregoers, allowed patrons 30 years old or younger to purchase $30 tickets to the show. After the performance, Jackson joined Playbill Magazine editor Blake Ross and NY1 theatre producer and reporter Frank DiLella for a special talkback.

"We are sponsoring this special event because we felt it would give us the opportunity to bring this award-winning play to the audience of tomorrow," Mountaintop producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman said in a recent statement. "We feel it is of great importance to make our younger theater patrons feel they have access to affordable seating."

30 for $30 launched last year with Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart, and has also included an evening at Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.

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Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop, press notes state, is a "gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his legendary 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman delivers room service, King is forced to confront his past, as well as his legacy to his people."

To read an interview with co-stars Jackson and Bassett, click here.

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