The Mountaintop

JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 17, 2013

By: Katori Hall
Directed by: Patricia McGregor 

Memphis – April 3, 1968. A gripping re-imagining of the events taking place the night before the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his magnificent and memorable “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, an exhausted and defeated Dr. King retires to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel where he encounters a mysterious and spirited stranger as an epic storm rages outside.

The Mountaintop is an undeniable thrill! – New York Times

Exceeds all expectations! – Philadelphia Inquirer

Soul-stirring and eye-opening. – The Daily News

Running time: 90 minutes, without an intermission

Please be advised: this production uses all-natural, non-toxic, non-tobacco cigarettes


Sekou Laidlow (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Sekou Laidlow (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) hails from Baltimore, MD, and is proud to be making his debut at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Some of his theatre credits include Of Mice and Men Pioneer Theater Co. (Dir.: Mary B. Robinson); Runaway Home at Studio Theater D.C. (Reggie Life); Stonewall Country Theatre at Lime Kiln (Jim Connor); My Children! My Africa! (Jonathan Rosenberg); Broke-ology (Kent Gash); Architecture of Loss (Tamara Fisch); All’s Well that Ends Well (Rebecca Guy); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Adrew Borba); The Girl from Maxim’s (Moni Yakim); Golden Boy (Daniel Goldstein); Uncle Vanya (Lisa Benavides-Nelson); The Tempest (Ralph Zito); Talking Pictures (Sarah Grace Wilson); Pericles (Richard Feldman). Some of his TV/Film credits include The Wire Undercover Cop (Agnieszka Holland); Law & Order Emerson Tyler (Richard Dobbs); Law & Order Officer Prial (Jace Alexander); We Are New York Clayton (Luis Argueta) and Pop Foul Bobby (Moon Molson). He is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Sekou is grateful to God for the opportunity to use his gift of acting to tell stories from every walk of life.

Amirah Vann (Camae)

Amirah Vann (Camae)
Off-Broadway: Instinct (Lion Theater), Blueprint (Kirk Theater), Laughing Pictures (Flea Theater), The Making of Eugenie Doe (Ohio Theater), and Wax Wings (The Wild Project). Regional: Welcome To Arroyo’s (Old Globe Theater), Kingdom (Old Globe Theater), Pericles (Continuum Co., Italy), and Dream a Little Dream based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Continuum Co., Italy/NYC Parks). Readings: The Lady Killer’s Love Story (HERE Arts Center- Hip Hop Theater Festival), Little Rock (The Shabazz Center/Playwrights Horizon), Holler If Ya Hear Me (Ballet Hispanico), Paradise Blue (NYTW/Dartmouth/The McCarter), The Arden Project (Old Vic New Voices), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center). Film/TV: Girls (HBO), Guiding Light, and Once More with Feeling (Jeff Lipsky, Dir.) Training: MFA, NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program; BA, Fordham University. Recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Acting.