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The Mountaintop audio play link: https://soundcloud.com/latheatreworks/the-mountaintop-1?in=latheatreworks/sets/educational-titles
You will need to listen to the audio play The Mountaintop and read the “A Little Context on the Play” before responding to this DB.
This week we listened to Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, a fictional play, based on a real historical figure that imagines the last hours of Dr. MLK’s life. In this play, the playwright mixes a historical event with elements of magic realism (fantasy) to discuss the life and legacy of MLK, a historical figure and social justice icon.
1) What did you think of this play? Did it allow you to see another side of MLK? Did it help you appreciate his work/legacy? Please explain. (10pts)
2) Reflect on the themes discussed in this play. What do you think was the goal of the playwright in writing and presenting this story to the world? Was she successful? (why/why not?) (10pts)Tirza Williams
Wednesday7 Oct at 22:27
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1.) What did you think of this play? Did it allow you to see another side of MLK? Did it help you appreciate his work/legacy?
· I liked this play a lot. I found it interesting how Dr. King thinks he’s talking to a regular woman but, she is actually an angel that’s been sent by God. This play allowed me to see that even Martin Luther King JR. was a flawed individual. However, his flaws doesn’t make him less credible. I still view him as a revolutionary leader. He paved the way for all colored people to live a life without segregation and being discriminated upon.
2.) Reflect on the themes discussed in this play. What do you think was the goal of the playwright in writing and presenting this story to the world? Was she successful? (why/why not?)
· The theme of this play is Acceptance. When Camae revealed that Dr. King was going to die soon, he became very angry with God. He even tried to reason with God and complained about not being ready to die yet. It was interesting to hear how Dr. King talked about fear metaphorically. “ Fear is my constant companion “. Even though Martin Luther King Jr. seems like a fearless man that stood up for equality, he reveals that he still gets fearful at times. Finally, Dr. King accepts that God is calling him home to heaven. The goal of the playwright was to reveal that Dr. King was a human being before his assassination. Humans aren’t perfect. The author, Katori Hall, successfully represented him well. Hall revealed a personal side of Dr. King that not a lot of people knew existed.
My favorite part was when Dr. King had a conversation with God on the phone. God confirms how Dr. King was indeed a favorite. I enjoyed this play.
Austin J Salazar
Austin J Salazar
Saturday10 Oct at 1:16
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1) What did you think of this play? Did it allow you to see another side of MLK? Did it help you appreciate his work/legacy? Please explain.
– I enjoyed the dialogue in this play, I imagine a simple set with not much to distract so that the audience can really focus on the dialogue. I had recently watched the movie Selma, so I wasn’t too shocked to hear of MLK Jr’s flaws, however it was quite interesting to hear the interpretations of how MLK Jr managed to woo other women. This play really showed that despites his flaws, he was a man working toward a greater good. It was amazing to hear someone who was willing to risk his life for the greater good. This man truly made sacrifices, but so did his family, and I think the play did touch on that as well. The phone call with Coretta and his child showed the audience that this man was also a husband and father, and that he wasn’t home to take care of his family because he was trying to take care of the people.
2) Reflect on the themes discussed in this play. What do you think was the goal of the playwright in writing and presenting this story to the world? Was she successful? (why/why“I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP”
This play is named after Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech, popularly known as “I’ve Been to the
Mountaintop.” Delivered the day before his death, April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis,
Tennessee, he discussed the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, the ideals of American democracy, and the
possibilities for social change through boycotts and peaceful protests. Aware of the danger he faced from
white supremacists and their threats on his life, he ends by addressing the possibility of his untimely death.
“Something is happening in our
world. The masses of people are
rising up. And wherever they are
assembled today, whether they are
in Johannesburg, South Africa;
Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New
York City; Atlanta, Georgia;
Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis,
Tennessee — the cry is always the
same: ‘We want to be free.’”
“We have been forced to a point where we are going to have to grapple with the problems that men have
been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn’t force them to do it. Survival demands
that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer
can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s
nonviolence or nonexistence…We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments
with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are
saying — We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we are God’s children, we don’t have to live like
we are forced to live.”
“And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out.
What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don’t know what will happen now.
We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the
mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m
not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.
And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know
tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! And so I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about
anything. I’m not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!”
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: JUST A REGULAR DUDE
Dr. King is one of the most important people in American history; sometimes when public figures
reach the status he has, we start to think of them as mythical heroes and not as people. In this play,
Katori Hall gives us a more human version of Dr. King – one who chainsmokes, has stinky feet, and
has the same fears and dreams as everyone else. Here are a few more weird facts you might not
know about him:
1. His favorite me