“The Mountaintop” now playing at the Geffen

Playwright Katori Hall’s Olivier Award–winning drama The Mountaintop reimagines what Dr. King’s last night on Earth could have been.

Pictured above: L-R: Amanda Warren and Jon Michael Hill in The Mountaintop at Geffen Playhouse. Directed by Patricia McGregor. Photo by Frank Ishman.

Topical, historical and gripping, Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning drama The Mountaintop is a powerful and thought-provoking play that explores the humanity of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of his assassination. Hall sets her play in Dr. King’s hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee, imagining a fateful encounter with a hotel employee who might not quite be who she appears to be.

During the encounter between these two, we watch Dr. King as he grapples with his own mortality and the weighty responsibility of the future of the civil rights movement.

An American playwright, screenwriter, producer, actress, and director, Katori Hall hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Deft and confident in her writing, Hall’s play is a tour-de-force of layered composition and story. Her dialogue is witty and sharply observed, and her characters are complex and believable.

Jon Michael Hill gives a superb performance as Dr. King, conveying his charisma, his intelligence, and his profound sense of conviction. Frequently portrayed as a larger-than-life icon, Hall’s play reveals him as a complex and flawed human being. We see him struggle with his own mortality, his doubts, and his fears. As portrayed by Hall, and brought to life by Hill, this towering figure seems more relatable and ultimately more powerful.

Amanda Warren is equally excellent as Camae, the hotel maid who provides King with companionship, wisdom and support on his final night.

Anyone interested in American history, civil rights, or simply great theater will appreciate The Mountaintop. This is a powerful and insightful play that will linger with you long after you have seen it.

L-R: Amanda Warren and Jon Michael Hill in The Mountaintop at Geffen Playhouse. Directed by Patricia McGregor.
Photo by Isaak Berliner.
From the press release:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Tony nominee Jon Michael HillElementarySuperior Donuts) retires to the Lorraine Motel after delivering his history-altering “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech and encounters Camae (Amanda WarrenGossip GirlEast New YorkDickinson), a mysterious maid with some surprising news. As a lightning storm rages outside, the legacy of America’s most revered civil rights leader is laid bare to reveal his profound humanity. More info HERE.


Written by Katori Hall

Directed by Patricia McGregor

Runs through July 9, 2023


Jon Michael Hill as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Amanda Warren as Camae


Scenic Designer Rachel Myers

Costume Designer Mylette Nora

Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu

Sound Designer Cricket S. Myers

Projection Designer Yee Eun Nam

Associate Director Dennis Whitehead Darling

Dramaturg Rebecca Phillips Epstein

Production Stage Manager Alyssa Escalante

Assistant Stage Manager Amber R. Dettmers

Casting Director Phyllis Schuringa, CSA


Monday: No performances

Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday: 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. 


Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Tickets currently priced at $39.00 – $129.00. Available by phone at 310.208.2028 or online at Fees may apply. 

Rush tickets for each day’s performance are made available to the general public one hour before showtime at the box office. $35.00 General/$15.00 Student.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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