The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop

Roger Guenveur Smith directs L.A. premiere of Katori Hall’s
award-winning ‘The Mountaintop’ for Black History Month

The Mountaintop
— The Matrix Theatre Company honors Black History Month with the Los Angeles premiere of Katori Hall’s gripping and often humorous re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What thoughts and emotions might have pulsed through the mind and heart of Dr. King on his last night alive? On April 3, 1968, an exhausted King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis after delivering his magnificent “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. As a storm rages outside, a mysterious hotel maid brings him a cup of coffee, prompting him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of the American people. The recipient of London’s 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop takes on new meaning with the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement.


• Written by Katori Hall
• Directed by Roger Guenveur Smith
• Starring Larry Bates and Danielle Truitt
• Produced by Joseph Stern
• Presented by The Matrix Theatre Company

Previews: Jan. 28 – Feb. 5
Performances: Feb. 6 – April 10
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 28, Feb. 4 ONLY (previews)
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 29, Feb. 5 ONLY (previews)
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 30 (preview); Feb. 6 (opening), 13, 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9
Sundays at 3 p.m.: Jan. 31 (preview); Feb.7, 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13; 20, 27; April 3, 10
Sundays at 7 p.m.: Feb. 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13; 20, 27; April 3*, 10 (no 7 p.m. performance on Jan. 31 or Feb. 7)
Mondays at 8 p.m.: Feb, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 14, April 4* (dark March 7 and March 21)

The Matrix Theatre
7657 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(west of Stanley Ave., between Fairfax and La Brea)

• $30
• Pay-What-You-Can every Monday night

*Panel discussions with special guests will take place following the evening performance on Sunday, April 3 (the anniversary of the night prior to the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when the play takes place) and after the performance on Monday, April 4 (the anniversary of the assassination).