PHOTO CALL: The Mountaintop Stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett Talk MLK with Brooklyn Students

By Krissie Fullerton
20 Sep 2011

The Mountaintop stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, along with director Kenny Leon and playwright Katori Hall, participated in a Sept. 19 discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with theatre students at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts.

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."

Here's a look at the discussion:

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Samuel L. Jackson
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The Mountaintop received its world premiere to critical acclaim in a three-week run at Theatre 503 in June 2009 and subsequently transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 1. The production received two Evening Standard Awards nominations, including Most Promising Playwright, and was awarded the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Play. This year, Hall also received the Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

Show times will be Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are also available at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located at 242 West 45th Street.