ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – They’re rolling out carpet at the Black Repertory Theater for the arrival of Dr. Martin Luther King.
‘What we get to see is Martin Luther King the man as opposed to the MLK the icon,’ says Ron Himes the founder of The Black Repertory Theater.
To celebrate Black History Month, the Black Rep is presenting ‘The Mountaintop,’ a play about MLK’s last night on earth.
‘It’s a what if,’ says Linda Kennedy the play`s director. ‘What if we had an opportunity to be present? What were his thoughts or what were his feelings especially after delivering the `I Have A Dream` speech.’
‘We’re dealing now with a whole generation of people who know very little about Dr. King except for the ‘I Have A Dream` speech.
That’s why Ron Himes and director Linda Kennedy feel this play that opens tomorrow is needed in modern times.
It recreates an evening in the Lorraine Motel the night before Dr. King was assassinated, April 3rd, 1968.
‘You know you’ve got this play the mountaintop and everybody is coming to see it this play about Dr. Martin Luther King,’ says Himes. ‘But I really felt that it really is the maid’s play.’
Which is why Himes chose Kennedy to direct the fictional work.
‘It would have been one if I were younger could I have acted in it,’ says Kennedy. ‘But having the opportunity to direct it has so much more meaning for me.’
Hopefully, for St. Louis audiences getting a glimpse into the last days of a civil rights leader.