The success of any great theatrical performance is based, in part, on magic. The magic happens when an author finds intriguing subject matter and treats it with integrity, creativity and imagination. It is then up to a skilled director, talented actors and an innovative crew to act as a conduit through which the magic flows… or perhaps to act as a lightning rod for it. Either way, that is what happens in Geva Theatre Center‘s play The Mountaintop, written by Katori Hall.
After seeing The Mountaintop, which I found to be one of the most powerful theatrical performances I’ve seen in some time, I was delighted to have Skip Greer join me on Conversations with Creatives. Skip is the Artist in Residence at Geva Theatre Center, and Director of The Mountaintop.
In this play, Katori Hall re-imagines Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth.
I had not met Skip before, and I enjoyed his sense of humor. I was also struck by his humility and his belief in theatrical direction through collaboration. It is no wonder that, through his thoughtful and sensitive treatment of The Mountaintop, partnering with an exceptional cast, crew and designers, that magic happens on stage.
The play stars Royce Johnson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Joneice Abbott-Pratt as Camae. Both give a stellar performance. Other contributors include:
Scenic Design by Robert Koharchik
Costume Design by Ann R. Emo
Lighting Design by Derek Madonia
Sound Design by Dan Roach
Video Design by Carvin Eison
Dramaturgy by Jenni Werner
The Mountaintop will be at Geva Theatre Center through April 26, 2015. If you have an opportunity, do yourself a favor and GO to THE MOUNTAINTOP!