'Mountaintop' Play Depicts Seldom Seen Side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Feb 12, 2018

Gilbert Glenn Brown as Martin Luther King Jr.
Credit Photo by: Kirk Richard Smith

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A play featuring a fictionalized account of Dr. King’s final night will be performed in Henderson Tuesday night. “The Mountaintop” made its debut on Broadway in 2011 and is now touring 38 states across the country. 

The play involves just two characters – Dr. King and a maid at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. The two have an extended conversation about current events and life. "Mountaintop" was written by Katori Hall.

Veteran television, movie and stage actor Gilbert Glenn Brown plays the part of Dr. King and says audiences will see a more intimate portrait of King than they’re used to.

“At the end of the day, there’s some wonderful artists who can do an impersonation of Dr. King, but at the same time the audience will say ‘that’s a great impersonation of Dr. King’ but they won’t necessarily get the heart and the soul," Brown told WKU Public Radio last week. "And that’s not a dig at any other artists, it’s just the truth.”

The Mountaintop is Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson.