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January 23 - February 14, 2016 , Outcalt Theatre

The Mountaintop

written by Katori Hall
directed by Carl Cofield

Run time: 1:30, no intermission (estimate)
Advisory: Contains adult language/situations

April 3, 1968. The Lorraine Motel. Room 306. Tomorrow, it will become the scene of one of our nation’s greatest losses. But tonight, it is just another stopover motel room for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That is until an extraordinary maid enters the scene and begins to challenge this American icon. Full of vivid theatricality, poetic language, and surprising twists, The Mountaintop delivers a portrait of the man behind the myth that is as provocative as it is beautiful.

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Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Angel Moore (Camae) and Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Angel Moore (Camae) and Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Angel Moore (Camae) and Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

From left to right: Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angel Moore (Camae). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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Ro Boddie

Ro Boddie

(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ) recently appeared as Martin Luther King Jr. in the world premiere of Blueprints to Freedom: an Ode to Bayard Rustin at La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He has worked regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (The Whipping Man), Center Stage and Philadelphia more(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ) recently appeared as Martin Luther King Jr. in the world premiere of Blueprints to Freedom: an Ode to Bayard Rustin at La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He has worked regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (The Whipping Man), Center Stage and Philadelphia Theatre Company (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Studio Theatre (Dirt), American Players Theatre (Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), and Forum Theatre (Angels in America). He has received two Helen Hayes nominations for Seven Guitars and Angels in America. Television credits include The Good Wife, Person of Interest and Unforgettable. He is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a proud AEA Member. roboddie.com.

Angel Moore

Angel Moore

(Camae ) hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is making her Cleveland Play House debut. Some of her favorite credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Intimate Apparel, A Song for Coretta, And I And Silence, Repairing A Nation, and The Mountaintop. She received her BA from Alabama State University and more(Camae ) hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is making her Cleveland Play House debut. Some of her favorite credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Intimate Apparel, A Song for Coretta, And I And Silence, Repairing A Nation, and The Mountaintop. She received her BA from Alabama State University and her MFA from Rutgers Mason Gross School for the Arts.

Wilson Chin

(Scenic Designer ) is excited to be back at the Play House after designing The Mountaintop and Rich Girl. On Broadway, he designed the acclaimed play Next Fall and, Off-Broadway, productions at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre, and Second Stage. His opera more(Scenic Designer ) is excited to be back at the Play House after designing The Mountaintop and Rich Girl. On Broadway, he designed the acclaimed play Next Fall and, Off-Broadway, productions at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre, and Second Stage. His opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Eine Florentinische Tragodie and Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company, Dora Award winner); and I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher Hall). Regionally, he has designed at the Alliance Theatre, ACT, Arena Stage, Asolo Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Steppenwolf, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Rep. Mr. Chin is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. wilsonchin.com

Carl Cofield

Carl Cofield

(Director ) is a New York-based director and actor. He directed the award-winning world premiere of One Night In Miami (Huffington Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theatre and the Denver Center Theatre, for which he received the Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P more(Director ) is a New York-based director and actor. He directed the award-winning world premiere of One Night In Miami (Huffington Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theatre and the Denver Center Theatre, for which he received the Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P award for Best Director. NYC directing credits include: the 50th anniversary of Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre); The Tempest and Macbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem/Dimona Theatre); Better Than Yellow (48 Hours In Harlem); The Seven (Connelly Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NYU); and The Tuskegee Airman Project (CUNY York College). He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of Camp David at Arena Stage. He directed the reading of Camp David for President and First Lady Carter at the Carter Center retreat in Vail, Colorado. He also assisted Kent Gash on Langston In Harlem at Urban Stages. As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, McCarter Theatre, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others. Teaching: New York University and The New School Education: M.F.A. Columbia. carlcofield.com.

Alan C. Edwards

(Lighting Designer ) has light and/or set design credits that include Regional: The Mountaintop, Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center); Fingersmith (Oregon
Shakespeare Festival); Deathtrap, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshire Theatre Group); The Piano Lesson, A Delicate Balance (Yale Rep); Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Yale Cabaret); Acis & Galatea more
(Lighting Designer ) has light and/or set design credits that include Regional: The Mountaintop, Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center); Fingersmith (Oregon
Shakespeare Festival); Deathtrap, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshire Theatre Group); The Piano Lesson, A Delicate Balance (Yale Rep); Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Yale Cabaret); Acis & Galatea set (Madison Opera); Carmen (Tri-Cities Opera); Suor Angelica set (Simpson Opera). New York: Holding It Down; Dead & Breathing, Carnaval (National Black Theatre); The First Noel, The Tempest, Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Bones in the Basket (Araca Project); Son of a Gun (Theatre Row); lllmatic (Urban Stages);
Woman Bomb (Baryshnikov Arts Center); Mr. Confidential set, Fable (NYMF 2014). Broadway: Assoc. LD: The Testament of Mary. He received his MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama in 2011. alancedwards.com.

Katori Hall

(Playwright ) is a playwright/performer from Memphis, TN. Hall’s plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which ran on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Signature Theatre), Children of Killers (National more(Playwright ) is a playwright/performer from Memphis, TN. Hall’s plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which ran on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Signature Theatre), Children of Killers (National Theatre, UK and Castillo Theatre, NYC), Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre) and Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood). Her awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship, the Arena Stage American Voices New Play Residency, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award. Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence and The Commercial Appeal, including contributing reporting for Newsweek. The Mountaintop and Katori Hall: Plays One are published by Methuen Drama. Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop and Our Lady of Kibeho, and a graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Coca-Cola Scholar Program, the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America East and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is currently a member of the Residency Five at Signature Theatre Company in New York City. Katori will make her directing debut with a film adaptation of Hurt Village which received its world premiere at Signature in 2012.

Tom Humes

(Stage Manager ) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s more(Stage Manager ) returns to Cleveland Play House where previous stage management work includes These Mortal Hosts, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Mountaintop, The Little Foxes, and Grounded. Assistant stage management work at CPH includes Shakespeare in Love, How I Learned to Drive, All the Way, Steel Magnolias, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Maurice Hines Is Tappin Thru Life, Clybourne Park, Breath and Imagination, A Christmas Story, Woody Sez, Lombardi, and A Night With Janis Joplin. Selected area stage management credits include Rock of Ages, Godspell, The Frogs, Smokey Joe's Café, Avenue Q, Pippin, and Oliver! (Cain Park); Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte (The Cleveland Orchestra); Tosca, La Boheme, and Lucia Di Lammermoor (Opera Cleveland); Caroline, or Change (Dobama Theatre and Karamu House); and History Boys (Beck Center for the Arts). He is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

Elisheba Ittoop

(Sound Designer ) wrote the original music for Yentl at Cleveland Play House. Her designs and music have been seen and heard
at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Trinity Repertory, LaMaMa, more
(Sound Designer ) wrote the original music for Yentl at Cleveland Play House. Her designs and music have been seen and heard
at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Trinity Repertory, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts. elishebaittoop.com.

Lex Liang

(Costume Designer ) Lex's work includes design and production for theatre, film, dance, and special events. He is thrilled to be back at CPH, having previously designed How I Learned to Drive (costumes), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (costumes), The Mountaintop (costumes),The Crucible (costumes), and The Little Foxes more(Costume Designer ) Lex's work includes design and production for theatre, film, dance, and special events. He is thrilled to be back at CPH, having previously designed How I Learned to Drive (costumes), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (costumes), The Mountaintop (costumes),The Crucible (costumes), and The Little Foxes (scenery and costumes). His work has been seen regionally at the Alliance Theatre, Asolo Theatre/Dog Days, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Denver Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, Portland Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, and the new Tantrum Theatre, amongst others. He has 60+ NYC/Off-Broadway credits, and has worked on multiple international productions as a designer or production manager. Lex is the Principal at LDC Design Associates, a NYC-based company specializing in the design and production of creative events and interiors. Recent projects include the launch of Fashion Week for Porcelanosa, the Tony Awards Gala, Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, and the upcoming GMHC 35th Anniversary Gala Carnivale. Many thanks to Laura for this exciting ride. For Kitty. LDCdesign.com

Hannah Montgomery

(Production Assistant ) was most recently the stage manager for CPH’s University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Classroom Matinee: A Touring Program. Previous local credits include Why I Had to Dance and Unexpected Journeys (assistant stage manager, a co-production between Playhouse Square and Oberlin College); Run Kingsbury Run (stage more(Production Assistant ) was most recently the stage manager for CPH’s University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Classroom Matinee: A Touring Program. Previous local credits include Why I Had to Dance and Unexpected Journeys (assistant stage manager, a co-production between Playhouse Square and Oberlin College); Run Kingsbury Run (stage manager, Ensemble Theatre); Dessa Rose (production stage manager, Oberlin College); A Christmas Carol (stage manager, Lorain Palace Theater); and the 2014 season
of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (production stage manager).

Dan Scully

(Projections Designer ) is a Brooklyn-based projection and lighting designer whose work explores the intersection of visual art, technology and storytelling. Previously at CPH: The Life of Galileo and The Mountaintop. Other projects include Rocky (Broadway); If/Then (national tour); Jedermann (Salzburger Festpiele); Untitled America (Alvin Ailey/ADT); Rudolph the Red Nosed more(Projections Designer ) is a Brooklyn-based projection and lighting designer whose work explores the intersection of visual art, technology and storytelling. Previously at CPH: The Life of Galileo and The Mountaintop. Other projects include Rocky (Broadway); If/Then (national tour); Jedermann (Salzburger Festpiele); Untitled America (Alvin Ailey/ADT); Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (NY Pops); The Orchestra Moves! (Carnegie Hall); When the Wolves Came In, Watershed (Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion); Seven Last Words (Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra Society); Lake Lucille Chekov Project. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., Trinity Rep., Cleveland Play House, Asolo Rep. MFA – NYU.

Wigs and Whiskers

(Wig Design ) owned and operated by Mary Schilling-Martin and Caitie Martin; provides wig, hair and specialty makeup services to performing arts organizations and educational institutions around the country. Their motto is: “To hair is human, to wig divine.” Local credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, more(Wig Design ) owned and operated by Mary Schilling-Martin and Caitie Martin; provides wig, hair and specialty makeup services to performing arts organizations and educational institutions around the country. Their motto is: “To hair is human, to wig divine.” Local credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland Opera Theatre. Regional credits include The Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Marriott Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Theatre at the Center, American Theatre Company, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences, Lyric Opera Works, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University in Chicago, University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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