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“The Mountaintop” opens in the final hours of MLK at the Northville Theater

The Tipping Point Theater production of The Mountaintop runs from May 19 to June 18, 2022 in Northville, Michigan.  The show is directed by Vincent Ford and stars Nigel Tutt as Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. and Faith Berry as Camae.  (Photo by Steve Fecht)

While downtown Detroit plays an opera based on the life of Malcolm X, Northville’s Tipping Point Theater offers a look at Martin Luther King Jr.’s final hours with “The Mountaintop,” which opens May 21 opened and runs until June 18th.

The play, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall, depicts King’s last night on earth in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where he was to be murdered the next day. In the hours following his “Mountaintop” speech – his final address – he is relaxing in his room for the evening and longing for a cigarette when a young maid walks into his room. The conversation that takes place between them as King learns not only their purpose, but ultimately his own, forms the backbone of the two-person show.

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