ARTS Pick: The Mountaintop

Live Arts’ staging of The Mountaintop captures a turning point in history through a poignant, intimate production starring Deandra Irving and William Jones. Photo courtesy of Live Arts Live Arts’ staging of The Mountaintop captures a turning point in history through a poignant, intimate production starring Deandra Irving and William Jones. Photo courtesy of Live Arts

Accomplished playwright Katori Hall left her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to earn degrees from Columbia, Harvard and The Juilliard School, and then returned artistically in the 2009 London-based production of The Mountaintop to ponder the final hours of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. When the maid arrives with coffee in the Reverend’s dingy, diminutive motel room, King invites her inside to escape the swelling downpour. The conversation and connection that ensues between the two strangers provides the structure in this local production directed by Fran Smith and starring Deandra Irving and William Jones.

Through 5/9. $25, times vary. Live Arts, 123 Water St., 977-4177.

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