Martin Luther King Jr. play coming to Lindsey theatre – Flor-Ala (subscription)

The assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a well-known event that took place the evening of April 4, 1968.

However, most people do not know what happened the night before.

UNA Summer Theatre will present The Mountaintop, a fictional account of the night before Dr. Kings final day.

Performances will take place at the George S. Lindsey Theatre June 29, 30, and July 1 at 7:30 p.m., and July 2 at 2 p.m.

Playwright Katori Halls Olivier Award-winning drama takes place in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel and shows Dr. King and his visit by a maid after delivering his well-known Ive Been to the Mountaintop speech.

Senior Kelley Riddle, assistant director and stage manager, said she decided to work on the play after reading the script.

As soon as I read it, I was moved and really motivated to work on it because of the message it sends to the audience, Riddle said.

UNA theatre alumnus Michael David Baldwin will portray Dr. King, while sophomore Destini Croom, a current theatre student, will play the role of the young maid, Camae.

Baldwin said the play will bring up some of the controversial parts of Dr. Kings life.

A lot of people think of him as this holy figure that is unstained, and this play challenges that idea of him, Baldwin said.

Croom said she fell in love with her character after reading the script.

This is a heavy play, and she brings the funny aspect to it and the lightheartedness to it, but at the same time, she has her own backstory, Croom said.

Croom said while Camae is an entirely fictional character, she got her name from Halls mother.

Charlton James, associate professor of theatre, said he chose to direct the play because of its relation to current issues.

The real running theme in the play is that the work is not done, (and) that we have to pass on the baton to the next generation, James said. Theres a lot of work that we have to do in order to live a peaceful, happy life with each other.

Croom said she believes the issues the play relates to are not just race-related, but instead relate to everyone.

Baldwin said while some may see the play as controversial, everyone who sees it will be thinking about it after it ends.

I think no matter whether you like it or not, this is the type of play that sits with you, Baldwin said. Youre going to be thinking about it afterwards.

Croom said she believes the play can get the attention of people who are not working to solve the issues people are facing today.

I feel like a lot of people, especially nowadays, they sit around and wait (for issues to be resolved), Croom said. They speak about the issues, but they dont want to actually help with the issues. I feel like with this (play), a lot of people will probably get a wake-up call.

James said there will be a discussion after Sundays show, where attendees can ask cast and crew questions about the production.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for UNA faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Tickets are available at the Department of Entertainment Industry Office (open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.), online at at the door.

For more information, contact Wanda Dixon, events coordinator, at 256-765-4342.

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