The Mountaintop Will Offer Special Discounted Evening for Young People; Talkback, Too

By Andrew Gans
December 1, 2011

Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning The Mountaintop, the acclaimed Broadway play about the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King's life, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, will be 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 is dedicated to offering an evening of affordable theatre and intelligent conversation to young theatregoers, allows patrons 30 years old or younger to purchase $30 tickets to the show. After the performance, cast members can join 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 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.

Patrons 30 years old or younger can obtain $30 tickets in person at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. (between Broadway and 8th Ave.). Proof of age is required upon purchase.

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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.