Tomorrow, it will be the scene of a nation’s tragedy. But tonight, it’s just another stopover motel room for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
April 3, 1968. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Martin goes to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel to rest before another long day of campaigning. His world is spun on its axis when he meets Camae, a beautiful maid, who delivers his room service. At first, they exchange flirtatious remarks, but soon they start a deep dialogue and King is forced to confront his past, his fears, his ideals and his hopes for the future, in the shadow of an ever-looming threat of a violent death.
Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement, Katori Hall‘s sharp and powerful play confronts the legend and his legacy. Are we really free or do we live in a world of false liberation?
The original version of this production was developed and made with the JMK Award and presented at the Young Vic.
Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Running time: 90 minutes with no interval.
This production includes strong language, periodic strobe lighting, smoking on stage and the use of haze.
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