February 27 - March 18, 2018

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Neptune Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop presents
THE MOUNTAINTOP
by Katori Hall

 

"If Lalla is thunder, Brookes is lightning and the result is an onstage chemistry ranking among the best I have seen at Neptune Theatre. Ever."
- Carey Bray, Halifax Bloggers review

 

Fountain Hall

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday - 4pm & 8:30pm
Sunday - 2pm & 7:30pm

Key Dates:
February 27 - Pay What You Can
March 2 - Opening Night
March 6 - Industry Night
March 7 - Talkback Night
March 18 - Coffee & Conversation (2pm)

Running Time:
The running time of this performance is approximately 85 minutes, no intermission.

This production contains coarse language.

 

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A moving interpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s final night

On the evening of April 3, 1968, after delivering his speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop," the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. retires to room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The next day, he would be assassinated. In this moving production by playwright Katori Hall, Dr. King's final hours are re-imagined as he confronts his destiny and legacy as a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement.

After struggling to find a venue in the US, The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 at the 65-seat Theatre 503. Premiering to critical acclaim, it was transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, making it the first play written by a black woman to win the award.

In September 2011, the play premiered on Broadway starring Samuel L. Jackson in his Broadway debut, and Angela Bassett as Camae, met with both praise and controversy for its depiction of King.

This production of The Mountaintop was produced by Neptune Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop. It premiered in October 2017 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

 


 



 

Letitia Brookes

Camae

Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: Sal Capone, The Lamentable Tragedy Of (NAC & Boldskool Productions); Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Single Black Female (NuSpyce Productions). Film/TV: Zoe (Scott Free Productions); The Gift (Clinamen Films); Jack Ryan (Amazon Studios) 19-2 (Bravo); Being Human (Space/Syfy)

Tristan D. Lalla

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: Angélique (META nomination), The Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search Of God (META recipient), Sal Capone, A Raisin In The Sun, Othello. Film/TV: The Disappearance, 19-2, Quantico, Red 2, How She MoveFlarsky. Videogames: Assassin’s CreedWatch Dogs, Deus Ex, Far Cry. Training: Dawson College. Other: 2015-16 ensemble member at Canada’s National Arts Centre. @tdlalla

ahdri zhina mandiela

Director

Neptune: debut. Other Theatre: directing: Dream Catchers (Confed Centre); Obeah Opera (b current); El Numero Uno (YPT); who knew grannie (Factory Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CanStage). ahdri zhina mandiela is Founder and past Artistic Director of b current Performing Arts in Toronto. Best known as a performance poet, she has three published books, cds, film & video, plus design and choreographic works.

 

 

Eo Sharp

Set and Costume Designer

Neptune: The Mountaintop, World Without Shadows Other Theatre: Angelique, Blue Nose (Black Theatre Workshop); King Lear, Mary Stuart, The Thrill, Pentecost, The Swanne Trilogy (Stratford Festival); Pygmalion, Alice in Wonderland (Shaw Festival); Buried Child, The Changeling, Saint Carmen of the Main, Comedy of Errors, Falstaff, And All for Love, A Christmas Carol (National Arts Centre); The Seagull, Red, A Doll House (Segal Centre); Kasper Hauser, Human Collision/Atomic Reaction, MedeaMaterial (the other theatre); An Intractable Woman, Champs de Mars (Imago Theatre) You Will Remember Me, The Baklawas Recipe (Centaur Theatre). Training: University of Toronto and National Theatre School of Canada.

David Perreault Ninacs

Lighting Designer

Bio: Since graduating from NTS, David has designed over 80 theatre shows and he has done lighting for visual arts shows, corporate galas, dance and musical shows. This was his second collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop and will be his first time designing at Neptune. David is honored to work with Ms. Mandiela for the first time and is more than happy to be able to create again with Ms. Sharp. After more than twenty years of this life, he still believes that light in all its forms is worth looking into more closely.

 

Howard Davis

Video Designer

Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: Directing/Design Intern, Silence (Grand Theatre); Assistant Director: Louis Riel (NAC); Video Designer, Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre) Actor: Bombay Black (Factory Theatre); Pygmalion, Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival). Film/TV: Downsizing, 12 Monkeys. Training: Acting BFA from Ryerson. Other: Howard’s award-winning, internationally screened film C’est Moi premiered in Los Angeles more screenings into 2018 (cestmoifilm.com) Upcoming: Producing Intern, Red Snow (Feature Film) by Marie Clements; Video Designer (Shaw Festival); Actor, I Call Myself Princess (Cahoots/Native Earth/Paper Canoe Projects). howardjdavis.com

Rob Denton

Composer

Bio: Rob Denton is an independent sound designer and composer. Previous shows with BTW include Harlem Duet (META nomination for Sound Design and Composition), Gas Girls (META Nomination for Composition), and She Said, He Said. Rob is nominated for a Composition/Sound Design META for Geordie’s production of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, adapted and directed by Amanda Kellock.

 

 

Deryl Amenya

Sound Collaborator

Bio: Deryl Amenya aka KVZI (pronounced KUZI) is a multi-genre DJ and music producer from Nairobi, Kenya but currently based in Halifax, Canada. At only 21 years of age he has proved to be an interesting addition to the Halifax music scene, with his fusion of afro centric sounds with an urban twist. He has worked with multiple artists in the city and intends to branch more into sound design for theatre. With experience dating back to 2009, KVZI’s come up into the music industry has been one of constant setbacks and surprises but everything worth doing is never easy right? Now he does major shows in the city and intends to take the Halifax scene by surprise.

Laurie-Anne Jean-Baptiste

Sound Collaborator

Bio: Laurie-Anne Jean-Baptiste is a multidisciplinary artist and content creator, with work ranging from writing to photography and video. Laurie-Anne has sung and performed in over 30 plays, musicals, musical revue shows, and concert series, over the last decade. She looks forward to continuing to collaborate with like-minded artistic leaders and dreamers, on inspiring projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Juanita Marchand Knight

Sound Collaborator

Bio: Juanita Marchand Knight is a graduate of Vanier’s Audio Recording Technology program and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from University of Miami. She has recently performed as soprano soloist in Cantiamo’s performance of Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D-minor, with conductor Kristopher Epps in Montreal, and as Violetta in excerpts of Verdi’s La Traviata with Florida Grand Opera during Art Basel, in Miami, Florida. Excerpts of her work, A Children’s Mass, can be heard at St. Patrick Church in Miami Beach, Florida. Juanita appeared in the 2008 documentary, Requiem for My Mother, about Stephen Edward’s choral work of the same name.  In 2006, she sang “the voice of Genius” in the film, Genius. Juanita is recording an album of original indie-rock, under the name, NeeNee Knightly. Current projects include an original children’s opera, Ruth’s Annoying Brothers

Maria Elena Stoodley

Sound Collaborator

Bio: Elena Stoodley is a singer who creates music with her voice and songs with her words. She calls her music loop a cappella. She uses an electronic device to build her songs in front of the audience. And it’s pretty much it. She also hates bios, enjoy.

Ross Unger

Sound Collaborator

Bio: Ross Unger is an an Australian/Canadian interdisciplinary artist with a focus on social justice community Arts. He runs dramatic changes (www.dramaticchanges.ca), a Halifax nonprofit that helps community groups create musicals, films, and video games dealing with local issues.

Heather Lewis

Stage Manager

Neptune: SM highlights include: Wonderful Life, Seeds (Porte Parole), Stan Rogers, Once, Miracle on 34th St, Shrek, Addams Family, Billy Bishop, Into the Woods, West Side Story. ASM: Over 20 shows, including Kim's Convenience, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde... Most Recently: The Reversal of Peter Dawson (Stepping Stone). Elsewhere: SM/ASM for Charlottetown Festival, Soulpepper, Angels & Heroes, 2b, OneLight, Two Planks, Eastern Front, Shaw Festival, LunaSea, Mulgrave, Centaur. Etc: I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work on this show. “…the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” - MLK, Jr.

Patricia Vinluan

Apprentice Stage Manager

Neptune: Jonas and Barry in the Home, Snake in the GrassStan Rogers: A Matter of Heart Other Theatre: One Discordant ViolinOld StockUnconscious at the Sistine Chapel (2b theatre co.); Nine Compositions (Halifax Theatre for the Young People); The Blazing World, Tyrant, The Spanish Tragedy (Villains Theatre Company). Patricia was raised on the rainy west coast but is a graduate of the Technical Theatre program at Dalhousie University. She is the production manager of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

 

 

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