Weston Playhouse Theatre Company presents “The Mountaintop”

Maechi Aharanwa and Neil Dawson in rehearsal. Photo by Andy Butterfield
Maechi Aharanwa and Neil Dawson in rehearsal. Photo by Andy Butterfield

WESTON, Vt. – Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces the closing production of its 2021 summer season: Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” running Sept. 30 through Oct. 23 at Walker Farm. As this production will be performed indoors, social distancing will be in place and masks and either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result are required. Learn more about our Health & Safety Protocols at www.westonplayhouse.org/HSP.

“This is a profoundly astonishing play, as powerful today as it was when it first premiered over ten years ago,” says Weston’s Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert. “A true modern classic, ‘The Mountaintop’ asks us each to consider our role in society. It asks us to dream that we all, however small we may think ourselves, have the power to do good in the world.”

Directed by Raz Golden, this gripping fantasy about America’s shared history imagines the final night in the life of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After delivering a powerful speech to the sanitation workers of Memphis, Tenn., Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel. As a storm grows outside, a mysterious hotel maid brings him a cup of coffee and begins a conversation that prompts him to confront his past, his legacy, and the plight and future of his people.

“As a director,” says Golden, “I’m obsessed with how we remember history and how the act of remembrance shapes the figure itself. Our production of ‘The Mountaintop’ investigates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King both as a human man and as an historical object. And we explore how Camae, a visitor from afar, forces the two concepts to collide.”

Golden is new to Weston, but his work was recently seen in Vermont at Dorset Theatre Festival. He has also developed work with the Public Theatre, National Black Theatre, NYU Tisch, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. His talents will be complemented by scenic design by Frank J. Oliva, costume design by April M. Hickman, lighting design by Austin Boyle, sound design by Carsen Joenk, and projections design by Stefania Bulbarella.

“The Mountaintop” stars Neil Dawson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maechi Aharanwa as Camae, the maid.

“The Mountaintop” plays at Walker Farm, 703 Main Street, Weston, Vt. Learn more at www.westonplayhouse.org.

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