The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.
*Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning drama The Mountaintop, which recently extended its run at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through Jan. 22, 2012, may play beyond that date.
Angela Bassett portrays the mysterious Camae opposite Samuel L. Jackson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the production, which is directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun).
A further extension would likely require the recasting of the role of King because Jackson has a pre-existing film commitment, reports Playbill.com.
Rick Miramontez, a spokesperson for the new drama, told Playbill.com, “The producers hope to be able to keep this show going for as long as there are audiences lining up to see it, and they are exploring all of their options.”
A production source also told Playbill.com that discussions are currently underway for a cinemacast of the play.
Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop, press notes state, is a “gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his legendary ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman delivers room service, King is forced to confront his past, as well as his legacy to his people.”
Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett attend the "The Mountaintop" press confrence at Brooklyn High School of the Arts on September 19, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis (Fences) composed original music for the production. The creative team also includes set and projection designer David Gallo, costume designer Constanza Romero, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt, sound designer Dan Moses Schreier and hair and wig designer Charles G. LaPointe.
Show times are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
Tickets are available at Telecharge.com. The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located at 242 West 45th Street.