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October 28th, 2011
03:55 PM ET

The Mountaintop

A controversial new play on Broadway called “The Mountaintop” takes a look at the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.

In the play, Dr. King is portrayed as a very human man, smoking, drinking, cursing, even flirting. Many are buzzing about the playwright who chose to portray the civil rights icon in such a way.

30-year-old Katori Hall is that playwright and in this weekend’s CNN presents Soledad O’Brien travels to Memphis with the playwright and for the first time ever, cameras are allowed inside the room where Dr. King spent the last hours of his life.

“The Mountaintop” is one of four stories in one compelling hour of television this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


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"The Mountaintop" makes Broadway premiere
Soledad O’Brien interviews Katori Hall at the National Museum of Civil Rights,
October 14th, 2011
06:39 PM ET

"The Mountaintop" makes Broadway premiere

"The Mountaintop" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett made its anticipated Broadway premiere on Thursday.

The Olivier Award winning play is a re-imagining of events the night before civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien interviewed the play's up-and-coming playright, 30-year-old Katori Hall at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, in the very room that Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed the day before his assassination.