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CAAL Night: The Mountaintop on Broadway with Katori Hall '03CC

November 03 2011

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

Pre-Show Reception 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Show 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

CLICK HERE for a special ticket offer during the final weeks of The Mountaintop on Broadway!

On Thursday, November 3, CAAL members and their guests were invited to experience the winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for best new play and watch Samuel L. Jackson as he made his Broadway debut in the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, in Katori Hall's The MountaintopNewsday says, "[The Mountaintop] crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood."  New York Post calls it, "A brilliantly staged journey in which the visuals and Branford Marsalis' original music combine to breathtaking effect." 

CAAL members and their guests had an exclusive opportunity to begin the evening at a private reception at Sardi's, with the award winning new playwright everyone is talking about -- Katori Hall '03CC.

The play premiered in London's Theatre 503, where it was directed by James Dacre '10SOA and discovered by producer Marla Rubin '85CC who was instrumental in bringing the production to the West End in London. 

Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagining 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 in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman named Camae delivers room service, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett

See slideshow of the pre-concert reception:


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Artist's Bio:
James Dacre | SoA class of 2010

James Dacre's recent directing credits include Judgement Day (The Print Room), King James Bible (National Theatre) As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe and European Tour), Orpheus and Eurydice (National Youth Theatre/Old Vic Tunnels), The Unconquered (Stellar Quines, UK Tour and Off-Broadway transfer) and Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop at the New Vic Theatre where he was Artistic Associate. His world premiere production of The Mountaintop(Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios) won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a further five awards and Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) won Best Play at the 2011 London Theatre Festival Awards and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award. James has directed world premieres by Mike Poulton, Suzan Lori Parks, Torben Betts, Lucy Thurber, Ella Hickson, Katori Hall, Dic Edwards, Ed Kemp, Bekah Brunstetter, Harrison Rivers, Laura Jacqmin, Molly Davies, Nick Cave, James Johnstone and the Bad Seeds amongst others. He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing, assistant directed for 12 directors including Anne Bogart, Silviu Pucarete and Robert Woodruff and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme. Teaching includes work at LAMDA, Barnard University, Columbia University, and Central School of Speech and Drama.

Katori Hall | Columbia College class of 2003

KATORI HALL is a playwright/performer from Memphis, TN. Her play The Mountaintop received its world premiere in London at Theatre 503 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in the West End (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play). Other plays include Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; Signature Theatre, NYC), Children of Killers (National Theatre, London) Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, The Hope Well, Our Lady of Kibeho and Pussy Valley. Hall is currently adapting Hurt Village for the screen with Jean Doumanian Productions. The script was developed at the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Her numerous awards and fellowships include the 2009-10 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 (William Inge Theatre Festival). Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Essence, Newsweek, and The Commercial Appeal. The Mountaintop and Katori Hall: Plays One are published by Methuen Drama. Hall is an alumna the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop, she is a graduate of Columbia University, the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Coca-Cola Scholar Program, the Dramatists Guild, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. | http://katorihall.com/

Marla Rubin | Columbia College class of 1985

Canadian-born producer Marla Rubin’s latest stage production is The Mountaintop, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play of 2010 in London. Rubin discovered the play at the acclaimed London Fringe theatre, Theatre 503, and proceeded to transfer it to The Trafalgar Studios in the West End. She is now producing the show on Broadway, where it is currently playing at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. In addition, the show will soon be embarking on a tour of the US and Canada. As her first theatrical venture, Marla Rubin produced the Almeida Theatre Company’s production of Festen in London in 2004-05 (both at The Almeida Theatre and then transferring it to The Lyric Theatre in the West End) to great critical and commercial acclaim [it remains The Almeida Theatre’s biggest hit to date]. Festen has gone on to win the London Evening Standard Award (Best Director & Best Design), the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award (Best Director), the WhatsonstageTheatregoers’ Choice Award (Best New Play), the Sydney Theatre Award (Best Direction, Set Design & Costume Design), alongside receiving five Olivier Award Nominations (including Best New Play) and a New York Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination (Best New Play). In addition to producing the subsequent Broadway production and UK Tour of Festen in 2006, Marla Rubin has overseen productions of the show in 25 countries around the world [2005-present] including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Turkey and South Africa. She is currently working on a stage adaptation of the BAFTA-award winning Swedish film Let the Right One In in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland, where the show will receive its world premiere in early 2013. Rubin is also developing a stage entertainment with world-renowned astrophysicist Brian Cox, on the wonders of astronomy and particle physics. Her television documentary and film credits as a Producer include the Los Angeles Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Museum of Tolerance (Academy Award to Museum, Best Documentary), Crimes of Violence for KTLA (Emmy Award, Direction), America Undercover for HBO, The Democrats’ Dilemma for the American Public Broadcasting System , Hollywood Babylon for cable syndication, and the feature film Honky [which Rubin sold to 20th Century Fox Studios]. Marla Rubin Productions is developing a new feature film project with 20th Century Fox Studios.


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