'The Mountaintop' at Capital Rep imagines Martin Luther King Jr.'s final night
by Joe Dalton
“The two-person drama imagines an extended conversation between King and a maid named Camae that takes place on the night before he is assassinated in Memphis in 1968.”
"It's grounded in historical fact, but presents him as a human being," explains director Nick Mangano. "We see a side that we've never seen before. The writing is beautiful and humanizes him in many ways. It's about a man who thinks he still has a lot to accomplish, even though he's done so much."
"It's very poetic with themes of redemption and forgiveness," explains Mangano. "There's also a wonderful surprise in the play. He meets the hotel maid and they begin a dialogue but you don't know who she really is. Is she planted there by someone? Is she with the FBI? That's something he had reason to worry about throughout his lifetime."