L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works in The MountiantopThe Mountaintop
By Katori Hall
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


  • Single tickets are available online here, at Ticket Central, or by phone 919.515.1100.
  • $26-$31  |  NC State students $6.50

Bonus Event

BISTRO AND A SHOW: To complement L.A. Theatre Works innovative take on live theatre, NC State’s elegant 1887 Bistro has cooked up a special pre-show menu. Join us for a three-course prix fixe dinner, which includes two glasses of wine or beer for $32.95 per person. Gratuity not included. Click here for full menu. For reservations call Ticket Central at 919.515.1100.

Post-show Talk

To hear more about this historic work, stay for a post-show talk with the cast immediately following the performance.

About the Performance

 “L.A. Theatre Works is a national theatrical treasure…” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid.

Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop, is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality.

Radio theatre impresarios, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW), bring their unique style to this powerful drama. Under the leadership of Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, LATW has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for four decades. LATW delights audiences with live performances that are immediate, spontaneous, feature live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theatre setting. This theatre…is an event.

The Mountaintop contains some mature language.

About the Cast

The Mountaintop will star film, television, and stage actors Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown. Shirley Jo Finney will direct.

Karen Malina White has received two NAACP Image Awards as well as the LA Drama Critics Award and the LA Ovation Award. She has been seen on screen in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and numerous independent films such as The Ties That Bind and Where Do We Go From Here. Her television credits include The Cosby ShowHow To Get Away With Murder, Living Single, Animal Kingdom, and VEEP among many others.

Gilbert Glenn Brown is an accomplished stage actor with credits ranging from the Goodman Theatre to True Colors Theatre Company to the National Black Theatre Festival. Television appearances include Stranger ThingsValorC.S.I. Miami, Cold Case, The Shield, and others. On film, he’s been seen in Best of Enemies, Dreamgirls, Drumline II, and Raising the Heights.

Shirley Jo Finney is a multi-award winning director with credits that include the Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theater, the Humana Festival, Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Theater Workshop, among many others.

Partner Event

Don’t miss the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra of NC State University’s upcoming concert, The Dream Is Alive: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 8th at 4pm in Stewart Theatre. Ticket holders for The Dream in Alive can purchase tickets to The Mountaintop for 25% off! Call 919-515-1100 to receive this discount (note: this discount cannot be applied retroactively).

The Dream Is Alive: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature the world premiere of Sinfonietta of Dreams, a newly commissioned composition by Jeff Scott (hornist in the internationally acclaimed wind quintet Imani Winds). It will also feature a gospel choir lead by Carolyn Colquitt, a pre-concert talk at 3pm led by Dr. Jason Miller about the story behind the Rocky Mount speech and its legacy, and a post-concert discussion.

The music of Sinfonietta of Dreams is based on a newly unearthed 1962 speech that Dr. King gave at a segregated high school in Rocky Mount, North Carolina several months prior to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. Learn more about the program here.