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Experience "The Mountaintop" this week!

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John Eyster
Monday, October 29, 2012

Experience "The Mountaintop" this week!

On the basis of very enthusiastic recommendation with a tone of, “YOU MUST EXPERIENCE the Milwaukee REP’s production of “THE MOUNTAINTOP” from a faculty colleague at the Wisconsin Political Science Association’s Conference earlier this month, I enlisted my wife (Marilyn) to go with me to experience “The Mountaintop.” We saw it at the 2 pm matinee yesterday. Very meaningful, inspiring and challenging experience! I now join my colleague in enthusiastically recommending that YOU experience the Milwaukee REP’s production of “The Mountaintop.” ALERT: It closes after the 2 pm and 7 pm shows next Sunday, November 4, 2012 after the 2 pm and 7 pm shows! Very special outstanding theater opportunity - don't miss it!

Forewarned is forearmed - the show closes next SUNDAY (11/4)! To check on information and ticket availability, use this link to the Milwaukee REP.

The introduction of the play on the REP’s “The Mountaintop” webpage gave me a sense of the content of the play, “On the eve of his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., cools down in a lonely Memphis hotel room after delivering the speech of a lifetime—when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young hotel maid pushes King into a confrontation with his doubts, fears, and haunting premonitions. A soul-stirring hit in London and on Broadway, The Mountaintop’s humorous, magical storytelling fuses theatricality with spirituality to reach a summit that will leave audiences breathless.”

That and a great deal of additional information about “The Mountaintop” will be found on the REP’s webpage “The Mountaintop.”

Among the resources on this webpage which will encourage you to experience “The Mountaintop” and enrich your experience when you do go to the REP’s “The Mountaintop” are:

  1. VIDEO preview – be sure to view it to get a FEEL for the EXPERIENCE” of “The Mountaintop.” This is MORE than a show to see – it is a show to EXPERIENCE! I would assert that I am sure YOU will EXPERIENCE it and be INSPIRED and GRATEFUL! I KNOW I WAS!

  2. Mark Clements, Artistic Director of the REP, audio (.mp3) link lower left-hand corner as part of “Mark’s Take.”

  3. “Learn More” provides valuable resources with links to background resources vis-à-vis MLK, Jr. and Katori Hall, playwright

  4. “Press” provide links to the print and audio reviews of the REP’s “The Mountaintop” production. For me, Kathy Flanigan’s “Calloway embodies King for Rep’s ‘Mountaintop’” published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on September 22, 2012, was valuable for me to understand Calloway who plays MLK, Jr. I encourage you to read the article before YOU experience “The Mountaintop.”

I want to alert you to the fact that the Milwaukee REP has a valuable pre-show presentation, “REP IN DEPTH” which starts 45 minutes before the show starts. Excellent background information! FREE!

If you really want in-depth background for “The Mountaintop,” STUDY (that’s more than read) the REP’s “Guide for ‘The Mountaintop'.” It is online and can be downloaded pdf format and printed for your study.

The GUIDE is rich with valuable information and perspective. It includes: Synopsis, Summary of MLK, Jr.’s life, Summary of playwright Katori Hall’s life, review of the Mountaintop Speech, overview of the final days of MLK, Jr., review of the Civil Rights Movement w/timeline, relevant vocabulary, overview of the themes of the play with thought questions (GOOD to consider as one prepares to experience “The Mountaintop” at The Milwaukee REP), explanation of details of the REP production, including stage props and an interview with the director, May Adrales and then general information about visiting the Milwaukee REP – practical pointers to make your visit more enjoyable. Take full advantage of the GUIDE! It is FREE online!

I felt INSPIRED and CHALLENGED after experiencing The REP’s “The Mountaintop” yesterday afternoon! I am feeling more responsible as a citizen of the USA and the WHOLE WIDE WORLD this morning.

I hope you too will have opportunity to experience “THE MOUNTAINTOP” this week before it leaves Milwaukee after the productions next Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:32 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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