It all started in May of 2007. For our final show of the season,...
A soul-stirring reimagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel. A visit from the feisty hotel maid compels him to confront his own doubts, destiny and legacy. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play and a hit in London and on Broadway, dramatic, magical storytelling gives insight into King, the man, and reaches a summit that will leave audiences breathless.
By Katori Hall
Directed by Skip Greer
Scenic Design by Robert Koharchik
Costume Design by Ann R. Emo
Lighting Design by Derek Madonia
Sound Design by Dan Roach
Video Design by Carvin Eison
Dramaturgy by Jenni Werner
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes without intermission.
Suggested for Ages 14+ due to the use of profanity.
JONEICE ABBOTT-PRATT makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in The Mountaintop. New York theatre credits include The Good Negro at the Public Theatre and Alondra Was Here for The Wild Project. Regional theatre credits include Seven Guitars for No Rules Theatre Company; The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory; Stick Fly at Arden Theatre; A Raisin in the Sun for Palm Beach Dramaworks; Slippery as Sin for Passage Theatre; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Huntington Theatre Company; Gem of the Ocean at Hartford Stage; The Piano Lesson at Yale Rep and Delaware Theatre Company; The Good Negro at Dallas Theatre Center; Mama’s Gonna Buy You for William Inge Theatre Festival; Dirt Rich at NY Summer Stage; Stick Fly and The Overwhelming for Contemporary American Theatre Festival; False Creeds for Alliance Theatre Company; Breath and Boom for Synchronicity Performance Group; and The Doll Play’s for Actor’s Express. Ms. Abbott-Pratt trained at Clark Atlanta University and received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
ROYCE JOHNSON makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Mountaintop. Off-Broadway credits include A Soldier’s Play at Second Stage; The Taking of Miss Janie at New Federal Theatre; the world premiere of My Occasion of Sin at Urban Stages; Brother/Sister Plays at Public Theatre; Fly at Lincoln Center; Light Raise the Roof for New York Theatre Workshop; Defiance and Burning Ash at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Macbeth at Classical Theatre of Harlem. Regional credits include The Motherf***er with the Hat, God of Carnage and Broke-Ology at Hartford TheaterWorks; Modern Terrorism at CATF; Fences at Bristol Riverside Theatre and A Lesson Before Dying at Stamford Theatre Works (CT Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut). Film/TV credits include American Gangster, Demolition, Learning to Drive, “Run,” “Madam Secretary,” “Forever,” “Hostages,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order Criminal Intent,” “Gossip Girl,” “Person of Interest,” “The Following,” “Do No Harm,” “Rubicon,” “Kidnapped,” “Life on Mars,” “Guiding Light,” “Third Watch,” “Cupid,” “Daredevil” and “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien.” Mr. Johnson received his B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase.
KATORI HALL is a playwright and performer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Her award-winning play Hoodoo Love premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2007. It was developed under Lynn Nottage as part of the theatre’s 2006 Mentor Project. Hoodoo Love received three AUDELCO nominations (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, August Wilson Playwright Award). Her other plays include: Remembrance, Hurt Village, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, The Mountaintop, On The Chitlin’ Circuit, and Freedom Train (KCACTF ten-minute play national finalist). Her work has been developed and presented at the following venues: the American Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Schomburg Center, BRICLab, Women’s Project, World Financial Center, Lark Play Development Center, New Professional Theatre, The O’Neill, the Juilliard School, Stanford University, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lecompte du Nouy Prize, North Manhattan Arts Alliance Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts Commission Grant, New Professional Theatre’s Writers’ Festival award, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting, Royal Court Theatre Residency, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. She has also been a Kennedy Center Playwriting Fellow. As an actor, her credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” The President’s Puppets (The Public), Growing Up a Slave (American Place Theatre), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (American Place Theatre), the world premiere of Amerika (Theatre de la Jeune Lune/American Repertory Theatre), Spring Awakening (Moscow Art Theatre School), Ain’t Supposed To Die a Natural Death (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Schooled (WOW Café Theatre), and Black Girl (Sande Shurin Theatre). As a journalist, her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Essence, Newsweek, and The Commercial Appeal. She graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. She was awarded top departmental honors from the university’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). In 2005, she graduated from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She is now a student in the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She is a proud member of the Women’s Project Playwrights’ Lab, the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, and the Dramatists Guild. www.katorihall.com
SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. His directing credits at Geva include Last Gas; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-director); Freud’s Last Session; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; the world premiere of The House in Hydesville; Doubt; American Buffalo; Inherit the Wind; Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species. He directed King Lear at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional directing credits include Studio Arena Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sacramento Theatre Company, State Theatre of Austin and Gary Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, where he directed Golf with Alan Shepard starring Jack Klugman and Charles Durning. Mr. Greer has also been an actor at Geva appearing in Clybourne Park (Russ, Dan),You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur),The Music Man, (Mayor Shinn) Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Our Town (the Stage Manager), Hamlet (Ghost/Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken and Louis Pasteur), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus). Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law” and “VR5.” Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands, teaching and performing.
ROBERT KOHARCHIK is a designer living in Indianapolis where he has designed productions for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In addition to Last Gas, Freud’s Last Session, On Golden Pond, Doubt, Pyretown, Sherlock Holmes: the Last Adventure and A Christmas Story at Geva Theatre Center, he has also designed productions for The Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), The Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland, OH), The Weston Playhouse of Vermont (Weston, VT), Contemporary American Theatre of Columbus (Columbus, OH), and American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI). In 1999 and 2011 Mr. Koharchik received a Lilly Endowment Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He is an Associate Professor in theatre design at Butler University.
ANN R. EMO is pleased to be returning to Geva Theatre Center where she previously designed Freud’s Last Session, Doubt, American Buffalo and Iron Kisses. She started her career in New York City after she received her M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She worked in the New York City area for several years designing for stage, dance, film, and opera. She was the resident costume designer for the Theater and Dance Alliance (TADA). Ms. Emo continued her work in Buffalo, NY at Studio Arena Theatre and several local theatres including the Jewish Repertory Theater of Western New York, where she is resident costume designer. She received the 2009-2010 and 2012-13 ArtVoice Theatre Award, Outstanding Costume Design. Ann holds the position of Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo State.
DEREK MADONIA has designed numerous shows at Geva Theatre Center including Stranded on Earth, Freud’s Last Session, The Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, Perfect Wedding, Underneath the Lintel, Evie’s Waltz, The Underpants, Shear Madness, That was Then, All is Well in the Kingdom of Nice, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Meet Me Incognito, Tomato Plant Girl, the Portrait the Wind the Chair, This is Not a Pipe Dream and Women Who Steal. He received his B.A. from the University at Albany. Mr. Madonia came to Geva in 1992 as a lighting apprentice and he is currently in his 22nd season as Master Electrician. He would like to thank his family and his talented band of electricians for all their help and support.
DAN ROACH has, since 1988, worked on sound for numerous productions at Geva Theatre Center, NTID’s Theatre for the Deaf, SUNY Brockport, and Keuka College. Most recent productions at Geva include Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, The Odd Couple, Stranded on Earth, Last Gas, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; Freud’s Last Session; You Can’t Take It With You; Perfect Wedding; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; Dracula; the Shape of Evil with PUSH Physical Theatre; Evie’s Waltz; Dial M for Murder; The Underpants; Nine Parts of Desire; Doubt and A Christmas Story. He studied sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been applying that knowledge to theatre over the past 26 years. He currently works full time for Hillside Family of Agencies as their Web Administrator and is grateful for their flexibility in providing time to pursue his love of theatre and sound design. He is a resident of Brighton where he lives with his beautiful wife Jing.
CARVIN EISON is a prominent filmmaker recognized internationally for creating intensely powerful films that explore racial dissonance and social discord in America culture. He received numerous accolades for July ’64: Roots of Urban Unrest including two Emmy nominations and a national PBS broadcast. Shadows of the Lynching Tree, Mr. Eison’s revealing portrait of America, was screened at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2012 Black Documentary Collective, New York City, and the 2011 Texas Black Film Festival, Dallas, Texas where it received Best Documentary honors. In addition, Shadows of the Lynching Tree was screened at the 2010 INPUT Festival at the Goethe-Institute, Accra, Ghana, the 2010 BaKa Forum in Basel, Switzerland and it was featured during Mr. Eison’s 2010 artist-in-residence fellowship at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China.
JENNI WERNER is in her fourth season at Geva Theatre Center. Geva dramaturgy credits include Women in Jeopardy!, Good People, A Raisin in the Sun, Superior Donuts, You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clybourne Park, Informed Consent and The Odd Couple. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field. For six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo. Ms. Werner has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She and Sean Daniels co-author Geva’s blog, at gevajournal.wordpress.com.
JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be back home and working at Geva. National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (starring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.
ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate Artist. This marks the 18th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Casting credits include “Poisoner’s Handbook”, “Becoming Helen Keller”, and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter” for PBS. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists”, “Dolly Madison”, “Alexander Hamilton”, “John and Abigail Adams”, “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America”, “People vs. Leo Frank”, “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”) and most recently “Murder Of A President” for American Experience. Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include “Hank and Asha” (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and “The Union.” Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”
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