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Martin Luther King, Jr., is an iconic figure of the civil rights movement. His charismatic presence and inspiring words live on, but in this play we see the legend as a man. In this reimagining of his last night on earth, writer Katori Hall shows King as a human being with fears and flaws. The play premiered in London in 2009 and later moved to Broadway, in a production starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. The limited run opened October 13, 2011, and closed January 22, 2012. This riveting play will have you contemplating the heroic figure in new ways.
This compelling story takes place on the evening of April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., has just delivered his famous "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" speech and returns to room 306 at the Lorrain Motel in Memphis. It is the eve of his assassination and his last night on earth. It’s a stormy night and soon he is joined by a motel employee, a cleaning lady named Camae. She stays to talk to him as he reflects on his life and accomplishments. The two-person show will have you spellbound as you are transported back in time.