Roy Alexander Weise, the Joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, will make his Exchange debut this Autumn with a brand new production of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play, THE MOUNTAINTOP, which will run in The Theatre from 25 September to 27 October 2021.
It’s 3 April 1968; the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement. In Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, after giving what was his final galvanising speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is forced to confront himself as his hopes and dreams are picked apart by Camae, a young, attractive, foul-mouthed maid who brings him a cup of coffee, with a dollop of whiskey in it, on a tray of unflinching honesty.
THE MOUNTAINTOP will star Ntombizodwa Ndlovu as Camae and ’Tomiwa Edun as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hall’s deceptively simple premise – two people in a motel room – reveals far more than at first appears. Race and class, gender and politics, leadership and responsibility are placed unapologetically under her sharply focused lens; flaws are unflinchingly exposed, intimacies laid bare, and narratives are reclaimed. In 2021, as we wrestle with so much uncertainty, this stunning play is perhaps more revelatory than ever before.
The creative team is completed by: Designer Rajha Shakiry, Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell, Sound Designer George Denis, Movement Director Jenni Jackson, Video Designer Nina Dunn, Video Design Associate Tracy Gibbs, Casting Director Lotte Hines (CDG) and JMK Assistant Director Dale Edwards.