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Onstage — King and I: Fusion Theatre Company presents "The Mountaintop"

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Tue Dec 10, 2013.

Albuquerque-based Fusion Theatre Company continues its season in Santa Fe with three performances of The Mountaintop, a play by American writer Katori Hall that was introduced in London in 2009, won its author the Olivier Award for Best New Play that year (making her the first black woman so honored), and had a Broadway run in 2011. The title refers to the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 3, 1968. The play imagines him and a hotel maid discussing his life and legacy that evening, which will be his last. Praise for The Mountaintop has been countered with criticism of Hall’s humanizing portrayal of a figure whom we are more accustomed to enveloping in an aura of saintliness. The production features two newcomers to the company’s roster: Jacob Browne (as Dr. King) and Tai Verley (as the maid). Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets ($20 to $40, with student discounts available) can be purchased by calling 505-988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.org.

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