23 - 27 October 2018
“ Weise directs with bounce and brio ”
“ Riveting performances from Gbolohan Obisesan and Ronke Adékoluejo ”
“ Rarely does theatre achieve such invigorating poignancy ”
I am a man. I am just a man.
April 3, 1968. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Martin goes to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel to rest before another long day of campaigning. With a storm raging outside, a beautiful young maid arrives to deliver his cup of coffee and his world is spun on its axis. At first, they only exchange flirtatious remarks, but soon they start a deep dialogue and King is forced to confront his past, his fears, his ideals, and his hopes for the future.
Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement, Katori Hall’s sharp and powerful play confronts the legend and his legacy. Are we really free or do we live in a world of false liberation?
A production originally presented at the Young Vic
A Reading Rep, Nuffield Theatres and Desara Bosnja co-production
Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, Winner of the JMK Award 2016
Image © Ernest C. Withers, courtesy of the WITHERS FAMILY TRUST, www.witherscollection.
Set and Costume Designer
Sound and Music Designer
Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ