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vienna theatre project presents

The Mountaintop
by Katori Hall

10. – 22. Februar 2020, Di-Sa um 20 Uhr


Foto: Ine Gundersveen

Foto: Ine Gundersveen  


Set at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968, The Mountaintop dramatizes the night before Martin Luther King is assassinated right after he delivered a speech where he foretold his own fate: I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that tonight, we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.

Katori Hall weaves a powerful, poignantly funny, surreal fantasy about a conversation between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee to his hotel room late at night. Their meeting prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of civil rights and African Americans. Hall's insight, light touch and lively mood depicts King as a man with very human faults who was nonetheless capable of inspiring millions to hope and move toward equality and justice.

The Mountaintop literally explodes into metaphysical magic realism, ruminating on race and politics, life and death in ways that connect King’s legacy to every person in the audience. Hollywood Reporter

A strange wonderful trip about MLKs last day.  Hollywood Reporter

Majestic. Entertainment Weekly

An emotionally powerful and theatrically stunning moment of truth. Variety

Director: Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Set, costumes: Laura D. Mitchell
Assistance: André Ho, Kathy Firlinger
Cast: Kudra Owens, David Wurawa

Black History Month 2020, in collaboration with the US Embassy Vienna


  Foto: Ine Gundersveen
  Foto: Ine Gundersveen


Martin Luther King am Telefon mit Gott

Am 4. April 1968 wurde Martin Luther King auf dem Balkon seines Motelzimmers erschossen. Dass der amerikanische Bürgerrechtler am Tag zuvor in einer Rede meinte, er hätte das gelobte Land gesehen, wurde vielfach als prophetische Todesahnung gedeutet. Katori Halls Stück "The Mountaintop" (Regie: Joanna Godwin-Seidl) erzählt, warum er vielleicht wirklich etwas ahnte, indem es die Begegnung zwischen King (David Wurawa) und einem mysteriösen Zimmermädchen (Kudra Owens) in der Nacht vor seinem Tod imaginiert. King kommt in der 60er-Jahre-Motelzimmereinrichtung äußerst menschlich rüber, mit stinkenden Füßen und Loch im Socken. Eine hyperrealistische Inszenierung voll Witz und Magie. In englischer Sprache.

FALTER 08/20 vom 19.02.2020

Passing the Baton

The Vienna Theatre Project reimagines MLK’s last night in Katori Hall’s "The Mountaintop"

It’s the night of April 3rd, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and Martin Luther King Jr. is pillow fighting with a maid. They laugh like little children as white feathers burst from the linen, floating down to the floor like snow. He tickles her. “Don’t tickle me,” she shrieks. “You’re gonna make me pee!” They laugh. We laugh. And for a moment everybody forgets what will happen the next day.

Produced and directed by Joanna Godwin-Seidl for the Vienna Theatre Project, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop is a dramatization of what could have happened on Martin Luther King’s last night. A maid brings him a cup of coffee. They take a shine to each other and end up talking into the night, revealing more and more about themselves. Hall brings King, the icon – the upright, pious preacher with a dream – down to earth, presenting him as a man who lusts, smokes and has smelly feet. Sassy and flirtatious, Camae, the maid, is his foil. “You make it easy to forget about it all,” King confesses.

The play demands a lot of its leads – a rollercoaster of emotions and energy that all takes place in one room and one act. David Wurawa brings charm and vulnerability to his Dr. King, letting us feel his determination but also his loneliness. This is a man trapped by his image and commitment to a cause, but also by his vanity. Wurawa makes us pity him. He is a reluctant hero, who feels guilty for being reluctant. Kundra Owens is excellent as Camae. With every beat of her performance spot on, she’s a powerhouse, but can reign it in for the play’s more intimate moments.

With an effective and faithful set design by Laura Mitchell, we are transported into a dream of 1968. What if this man, who gave up so much – what if he had had a chance to let loose one last time, to take off the mask, to reconcile himself. The Mountaintop is a meditation on hope, forgiveness, guilt, the burden of celebrity. It manages to be both moving and incredibly funny, finding the humor in struggle and reminding us that what’s important in the end is being able to pass the baton., 15.2.2020

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