Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre opened its new season to a full house last Saturday with its production of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," a surrealistic fantasy about a chance encounter between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Camae, a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel.
The play stars Jelani Pitcher as Dr. King and Shadana Patterson as Camae.
Hall's play premiered on Broadway on September 22, 2011, with Samuel L. Jackson making his Broadway debut in the role of Dr. King and Angela Bassett as Camae.
The play unfolds entirely in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the last night of King's life, April 3, 1968, as a severe thunderstorm rages outside.
Rev. Ralph Abernathy has gone to buy King a pack of cigarettes and King calls down to room service for a cup of coffee. Camae, on her first night as a maid at the motel, brings the coffee to King's room and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of his people.
Through their conversations in Room 306, Hall's characters cover a range of political and biographical topics, from the value of violent versus peaceful revolution to the kind of flowers Dr. King sends his wife, and as the play progresses, we find out about Camae and why she's no ordinary maid.
"Ms. Hall unabashedly reveals the complexity and simplicity of the man who wrestled with America’s ugliest of societal cancers, as well as his own demons," says Tim Rhoze, Fleetwood-Jourdain's Artistic Director.
**HOW TO BUY YOUR DE DISCOUNTED TIX**
To purchase tickets, go to fjtheatre.com, click on the 'purchase ticket' link, go to '3PM The Mountaintop Sunday, June 30' link, and when prompted for the code, enter dearevanston (all lower case, one word).
You can also purchase tickets in person at the Civic Center, Room 1100 and use the code Dear Evanston at the window.
Don't miss this play.