January 21 - February 6

The Mountaintop

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By Katori Hall

At the most human level, we are all the same. Hours after delivering his iconic “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to his room at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel to plan for his next march. Soon after, a motel maid arrives at his door with a newspaper, a cup of coffee, and the news that he won’t live past tomorrow. Her revelation spurs an all-night conversation that illuminates the humanity behind the Civil Rights icon as Dr. King reflects on the man he is and the man he hoped to be. Written in honor of the individuals that Dr. King inspired but never met, Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play is a stunning imagining of King’s last night on Earth. 

The Mountaintop runs about 90 minutes.

Understudy Matthew Zenon (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) will perform on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.

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This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

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cast & crew


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Essex O’Brien
Camae: Anita Whitney Bennett
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Understudy: Matthew Zenon** (scheduled to perform January 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm)
Camae Understudy: Lauren Muller



Director: Felichia Chivaughn
Scenic Design: Tramaine Berryhill
Associate Scenic Design / Properties Master: Joshua E. Gallagher
Lighting Design: Bert Scott*
Costume Design: Rosibel Hernandez
Sound Design: Anthony Narciso*
Stage Manager: Abby M. Schneck
Assistant Stage Manager: Erica Felton
Master Electrician: Natalie Paige Estes Feldmann
Master Carpenter / Stage Crew: Oceas Rodriguez
Costume Run Chief: Gabs Gutierrez
ASL Interpreter: Kenneth Black
ASL Interpreter: Amanda Villalobos
Mental Health Services: Colette McLeod MA, LMHC

*Member, United Scenic Artists    **Apprentice, Daniel Mills Apprentice Program

Special thanks to Douglass O’Brien for use of his song, African Drumming Song.


Audience Reviews

“I thought this play was brilliant. Thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and performed, well-written, original, creative, inspiring, beautiful.”

“The storyline was compelling and the acting was superb. This production should be required viewing!”

“Excellent production. Very well produced, excellent actors and set. Story was timely and relevant. Superb!”

“I was moved to tears. Very powerful!”

“It was an outstanding performance by both actors. It was moving, heartfelt and genuine! It was an amazing experience, enjoyed it very much!”

Critic Reviews

The Mountaintop is a daring and compelling piece of theatre, powerfully staged this month at Garden Theatre…”
– Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld Orlando


Throughout the run of The Mountaintop, Garden Theatre will honor Trailblazers for their contributions to the Central Florida community. We applaud their efforts to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by standing against systemic racism and oppression, and facing opposition courageously. These incredible men and women have broken barriers and made great strides in our community.

Please stay after each performance of The Mountaintop to honor these trailblazers. Dates and times subject to change.

Bro. Ulysses Bryant | First African-American Greyhound Driver in Orlando | Friday, January 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Ms. Esther Vassar | Retired College Professor and Obama Administration Appointee | Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy | Community Leader | Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Dr. LaVon Bracy | Community Leader | Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Justice James E.C. Perry | Former Florida Supreme Court Judge | Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Commissioner Mable Butler | Retired Politician | Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 pm

Detective Charles Ings | Orlando’s first African-American Detective | Thursday, January 27 at 2:00 pm

Mrs. Mandi Jo John | Founder & Executive Director of Black Theatre Girl Magic | Friday, January 28 at 7:30 pm 

Mayor Jerry Demings | Orlando Mayor | Sunday, January 23 at 2:00 pm

Rep. Val Demings | U.S. Senator | Sunday, January 23 at 2:00 pm

Ms. Meka King | Co-Founder of Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy | Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 pm

Rep. Geraldine Thompson | State Representative | Saturday, January 29 

Mr. Harold Mills | Philanthropist | Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Mrs. Rosy Mills | Philanthropist | Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Commissioner Regina Hill | City Council Member | Friday, February 4 at 7:30 pm

Judge Belvin Perry | Attorney and Retired Judge | Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Richard Lapchick | Social Justice Advocate | Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm

Mr. Dick Batchelor | Former Florida Representative | Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 pm

education guide

Below is a handy resource and education guide for students attending The Mountaintop, put together by the Daniel Mills Apprentices.


ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sponsored by: Universal Orlando Resort


Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email BoxOffice@gardentheatre.org.