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The Mountaintop

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“The Mountain Top” wins ATAC AWARDS!

Congratulations to all on their awards and recognition:
• 2013-2014 ATAC award for Lead Actor in a Drama – Kevin Majors
• 2013-2014 ATAC award for Lead Actress in a Drama – Jessica Mitchell
• 2013-2014 ATAC Nominee for Direction in a Drama – Bill Lewis,
TRG Artistic Director

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Quotes from some of our Hosts:
“Jessica Mitchell and Kevin Majors were amazing. Kevin Majors seemed to channel Dr. King!” Dr. Richard Gambitta

“The play was outstanding! The Actors were superb. Thank you for the opportunity.” Dorinda Rolle

“The production was amazing…” Cary Clack

Look below for our San Antonio Express News Review!

An official event of:


Written by Katori Hall
Directed by Bill Lewis ~ TRG Artistic Director

A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

Cast:
Dr. Martin Luther King ~ Kevin Majors
Camae ~ Jessica Mitchell

Dan Walker, III (US)
Tori Foutz (US)

Crew
Bill Lewis ~ Director/Artistic Director
Andrew Jacobi Jeter ~ Asst. Director/Stage Manager
Matthew Merritt ~ Asst. Stage Manager
Steve Wire ~ Set & Lighting Designer/Technical Director
Clifford Ross ~ Set Construction
Kathrine Johnson ~ Costume Designer
Diane Hannah ~ Marketing Director
Evonne Nathaniel ~ Advertising Director
Lisa Burnette ~ Hair & Makeup Artist
Belinda Hercule ~ Marketing Assistant
Makeda Bertley ~ Stage Hand
Ella Edwards ~ House Manager
Nerryl Williams ~ Production Assistant
Ron Abrams ~ Photographer
Danielle King ~ Producer

Join us after each performance for a Talk-back session with the cast,
hosted by local prominent community leaders, writers and scholars.
The Talk-back sessions are made possible by a grant from

Talk-back Facilitators
February 7-9~
Friday ~ Dr. Marcheta Evans, Vice President for Academic Affairs at OLLU

Saturday ~ Bill Lewis TRG Artistic Director

Sunday ~ Jim LaVilla-havelin, Poetry Editor. Express News/retired director of Education at Southwest School

Cary Clack, Communication Director for Congressman Joaquin Castro
Shokare Nokpodia, CEO, The Mighty Group
Dr. Richard Gambetta, former chair of the department of Political Science and Director of the Pre Law Center at UTSA
Dr. Dorinda Rolle, President, Rolle and Associates *Tyrone & Charity Nathaniel, Pastors, Kingdom Fire
Tony Leverette (Eastside Promise Neighborhood)
Hon. Byron Miller, Justice of the Peace

Content Advisory: This production contains strong language and adult themes.

Notice: Herbal cigarettes used during this show.

Performance Dates:
January 17-February 9, 2014
(no shows Jan 18 & 31)

Friday & Saturday: 8PM
Sunday: 4PM

Little Carver Civic Center
226 N. Hackberry, SATX, 78202

Tickets just $26
Discounts for Seniors, Military, and Students $22 ( ID required)
SATCO $21 ( ID required)

DD Group w/frame
Click here to purchase with ticketmaster
or call ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000

For Group rates call (210) 560-0481

For more info contact The Carver – (210) 207-2234

San Antonio Express News Review

Renaissance Guild’s ‘Mountaintop” offers a humanizing

take on MLK
BY DEBORAH MARTIN: JANUARY 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — “The Mountaintop” opens with a weary Martin Luther King Jr. trudging into his room at the Lorraine Hotel on a stormy night. He takes a moment to yell down to his right-hand man, the unseen Ralph Abernathy, to bring him cigarettes.
Then King steps into the room, shuts the door, walks into the restroom, and relieves himself, a sound that echoes throughout the theater.

And so, right from the start, it’s clear that playwright Katori Hall intends to present a portrait of the civil rights leader that is less saint and more flesh and blood.

That’s precisely what is onstage at the Little Carver Civic Center, where the Renaissance Guild is presenting the San Antonio premiere of Hall’s 2011 play. Bill Lewis, the company’s new artistic director, directed the compelling production.

In it, King (the assured Kevin Majors) spends what turns out to be his last night in the company of a mysterious woman named Camae (Jessica Mitchell), who is not the hotel maid she initially appears to be. Throughout the 90-minute piece, they flirt and talk about his work. They also dig into the nature of God and man.

Majors captures King’s fears — whenever the thunder booms, he flinches, plainly terrified that someone has made good on one of the many threats against his life. He also conveys King’s confidence and, in a monologue near the end, his legendary strengths as a speaker.

Mitchell starts out with a coquettish aura that’s just right as she serves the famous King room-service coffee. As the evening progresses and Camae’s true nature is revealed, she brings a quiet authority to the forefront.

The play ends with King being afforded a look at the future he’ll never see. On opening night, video depicting such images as Robert Kennedy’s assassination and Rodney King’s battered visage were projected against dark curtains, which meant the visuals were sometimes hard to make out. The video also flickered on and off. That element of the production needs to be sharper.

That aside, it’s a strong production that should generate plenty of thought-provoking conversations. Some of that talk is happening immediately after each performance, thanks to the moderated discussions that follow each show.

“The Mountaintop” can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 9 at the Little Carver Civic Center, 226 N. Hackberry St. There is no performance Jan. 31. Tickets cost $26 at the Carver box office and $32.85 at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call 210-560-0481 for reservations; visit therenaissanceguild.org for more information.

dlmartin@express-news.net

Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN
Click here for mysanantonio.com link to review

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