Center Stage welcomes the New Year with Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," a play set in the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on April 3, 1968. The main characters are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a maid who stops by his room.
The production, directed by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, starts previews next week, opens Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 24. The run coincides with MLK Day on Jan. 21, so the company is adding a performance that night to mark the occasion. Pricing will be different, too -- there's a pay-what-you-can policy for 100 tickets.
In addition to the performance of the play, there will be a free presentation of “Living the Dream: From King to Obama,” a work featuring youth arts groups from Baltimore.
This extra program is designed to "explore and reflect on Dr. King’s dream and continuing his work of racial equality," quoting the press release. With President Obama's second inauguration taking place that day, the Center Stage event becomes all the more timely.
"Living the Dream" will be performed at 5 p.m., followed by a "light reception," which, in turn, will be followed by "The Mountaintop."
The 100 pay-what-you-can tickets to Jan. 21 performance of "The Mountaintop" go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday (Jan. 4) at the Center Stage box office and must be purchased in person. Remaining tickets will go on sale there at noon the next day. More details are available on the box office Web page.