Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are proud to announce the regional premiere of the Broadway hit The Mountaintop by Katori Hall directed by Jasmine Guy. This gripping re-imagining of the events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr will star Danny Johnson (What I Learned in Paris) as Dr. King, and Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) as Camae. The Mountaintop won the 2012 Olivier Award for “Best New Play”.Tickets and information can be found at http://www.truecolorstheatre.org/themountaintop.
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
Directed by Jasmine Guy
November 16 to December 16, 2012
Previews: November 13, 14, 15, 2012
Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Weekday Matinee: November 28, 2012 at 11 a.m.
The gripping re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
Starring Danny Johnson & Demetria McKinney
Venue: Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
Group Sales for groups of 10 or more are available by contacting True Colors’ Group Sales department at 404-532-1901 ext. 201.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Katori HALL is a playwright/performer from Memphis, TN. Hurt Village won the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was a finalist for the Ruby Award. The script is being adapted into a film and was developed at the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Hall’s other plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which recently ran on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Children of Killers (National Theatre, UK), Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, The Hope Well, Our Lady of Kibeho and Pussy Valley. Her awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, the ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award. Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence, Newsweek and The Commercial Appeal. The Mountaintop and Katori Hall: Plays One are published by Methuen Drama. Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop, and a graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Dramatists Guild, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR JASMINE GUY a performing artist, director and choreographer has starred on Broadway in Chicago, Grease and The Wiz and on screen in Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights and Spike Lee’s School Daze. Her many TV credits include Fame, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Showtime’s Dead Like Me, A Different World and most recently on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. Jasmine’s directorial debut was True Colors Theatre Company’s for colored girls who have committed suicide when the rainbow is enuff. Most recently she has directed Douglas Tappin’s I Dream at the Alliance Theatre. Under the direction of Kenny Leon, Jasmine starred in Miss Evers Boys and Swimming Upstream and under the direction of Susan Booth in the Alliance Theatre’s production of Pearl Cleage’s Nacimera Society. Jasmine hopes to inspire and encourage the Atlanta community to become a major force in the cultural and entertainment fabric of this country.
Danny Johnson (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr) comes to True Colors directly from the Alliance Theater’s World Premier production of, What I Learned in Paris. Broadway: Song of Jacob Zulu(Fumani). Off Broadway: Our Lady of 121st Street (Rooftop), Soldier’s Play (CJ). Regional: (Goodman) Miss Evers’ Boys directed by Kenny Leon, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, (Steppenwolf) Song of Jacob Zulu, (Intiman) A Raisin in the Sun, (Huntington , St Louis Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse) To Kill a Mockingbird. Additional shows at Cleveland Playhouse, St Louis Black Rep, and Chicago Shakespeare among others. TV: “Blue Bloods”, “Philanthropist”, “Damages”, “Law and Order”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Rescue Me”, “NYPD Blue”, and “Sopranos” among others. Film: Don King Only in America, Reservation Road and Frequency among others.
Demetria McKinney (Camae) is an award winning actress and singer from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She is best known for her role as Janine Payne on the hit TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”. The show has taped over 254 episodes and has received five consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom. Demetria was nominated for a Prism Award for her portrayal as the drug addicted mother and wife turned career woman. Demetria has extensive vocal and dance training. She is an R&B singer who has opened for artists such as Tank, Dwele and Anthony David. She has currently has two singles available on Itunes “Take Away” and “Xtacy”. Demetria is working on her debut CD with notable producers such as Musiq Soulchild.
Set Design by Kat Conley
Costume Design by Jonida Beqo
Lighting Design by Andre Allen