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Stages and Pages: The Mountaintop

graphic for The Mountaintop at GCTC

Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).  Visit Stages and Pages for details of the partnership and scroll down to link to a list of Titles To Explore for each play in the 2018-2019 season.  These titles are gathered by a team of OPL Librarians for you, the playgoer.  Borrow these titles and further explore the thought-provoking themes of the plays.

The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, premiered in London and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, followed by a Broadway run in 2011.

The Mountaintop imagines Martin Luther King's last night on earth, the eve of his assassination in 1968.  Alone in his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, King is interrupted by a hotel maid who brings him coffee.  No ordinary chambermaid, Camae engages King in a provocative and at times hilarious political discussion.  Their dialogue reveals the human side of Martin Luther King, all the while bringing us closer to discovering just who Camae really is.  A humourous and thoughtful exploration of King's legacy.

See it at the GCTC from January 22 to February 10, 2019.

Check out these fiction and non-fiction resources to explore the themes and characters further!

GCTC 2018-2019 : The Mountaintopby romaine_h

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's "Stages and Pages" partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of The Mountaintop, which opens at the GCTC on January 22, 2019

  • Image: Let the Trumpet Sound

    Let the Trumpet Sound

    The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr
    By Oates, Stephen B.
    The definitive, prizewinning biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Image: The Radical King

    The Radical King

    By King, Martin Luther
    Selections from King's speeches and writings, illustrating the radical views that led the FBI to call him "the most dangerous man in America".
  • Image: Death of A King

    Death of A King

    The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
    By Smiley, Tavis
    A fresh look at the 365 days leading up to King's assassination, chronicling both his political and personal life during that time.
  • Image: Killing King

    Killing King

    Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr
    By Wexler, Stuart
    A fascinating and disturbing investigation into conspirators linked to Martin Luther King's assassination.
  • Image: My Life, My Love, My Legacy
    Autobiography of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., and important civil and human rights activist in her own right.
  • Image: 1968


    The Year That Rocked the World
    By Kurlansky, Mark
    An intriguing examination of worldwide transformative events in the pivotal year of 1968, from the Prague Spring to the Mexico Olympics, to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
  • Image: Assassination Vacation
    A lighter look at a dark topic. The author visits sites associated with the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Todd, and Garfield, and ponders the myriad ways political violence has been manipulated for fun and profit.
  • Image: The Bishop's Pawn
    The latest installment in the thriller series featuring U.S. government operative Cotton Malone. An exciting tale of historical intrigue centered on Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
  • Image: Five Smooth Stones
    A modern classic. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in the Deep South who achieves success as a lawyer but sacrifices it all for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
  • Image: Selma
    Docudrama portraying Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle to secure voting rights for all, culminating in an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.