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'The Mountaintop' brings MLK story to Washington

Friday - 4/5/2013, 1:00pm  ET

BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Memphis motel where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago has been transported to the city where the civil rights hero led his March on Washington.

A new production of the award-winning Broadway play "The Mountaintop" opened Thursday night at Arena Stage for a five-week run, reimagining the night before King's death in 1968.

The play opened on Broadway in 2011 starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett as a motel made who visits King. It's gone on to become one of the most produced plays nationwide this season.

This production stars Bowman Wright as King and Joaquina Kalukango as Camae, the maid.

Playwright Katori Hall was a resident playwright at Arena Stage's American Voices New Play Institute through the end of 2012.


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