a play by Katori Hall
An Asbury Park Theater Company Production
In Residence at Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove, NJ Director: Jarrod Scott
Executive Producers: Bob Angelini & William Whitefield
Associate Producer: Serena Soffer
Asbury Park Theater Company (APTCo), William Whitefield, Producing Artistic Director, Bob Angelini, Managing Director, announces auditions for the role of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Katori Hall’s award-winning play The Mountaintop. The Mountaintop is a play by American playwright Katori Hall. It is a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968.
APTCo seeks one non-union male actor approx age 35 to 50 to portray Martin Luther King, Jr. Actor need not resemble MLK perfectly, but should be able to portray the essence of the man. There is smoking in this production- though the producers plan to use prop cigarettes that look real, but will contain no tobacco.
Rehearsals will begin on or around March 15 and will be in the evenings. Tech week will be Monday May 6 thru Thurs May 9 from 6.30 to 10.30pm.
Friday May 10 at 8pm, Saturday May 11 at 8pm, Friday May 17 at 8pm, Saturday May 18 at 8pm and Sunday May 19 at 3pm for a total of 5 shows.
NOTE: On Thursday May 16 at 7pm there will be a mandatory brush up rehearsal.
There is a stipend of $1000.00 for the project.
NOTE: We are seeking a local actor- housing is NOT provided for this contract. Transportation is NOT provided for the contract. Self reporting to rehearsals and performances required.
First Audition Requirements:
Please submit a video of Martin Luther King’s final monologue of the show. Sides for monologue can be found here: www.asburyparktheatercompany.org/auditions.
Attach pic/res in an email to email@example.com (putting MKL CASTING in the subject line) along with a link to your video (using a platform of your choice such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc).
Please send link that will take us right to your video (MP4) without having to be granted access or having to sign in to these platforms.
Second Audition Requirements:
For those asked to do so, producers will be seeing people on zoom between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday March 2. If you are not available at this time, another zoom appointment will be arranged.
KING: What is this vision I see before me? Could this be my wildest dream? There it is. There ... It ... ls ... A land where hunger is no more. A land where war is no more. A land where richness is no more, poverty is no more, color is . . . no more. Destruction ... is no more. Only love. Radical, fierce love. The Promised Land here on Earth. I accept. I will never walk through that blessed garden over yonder ... that lush land just on the far side of the moon. It ... is ... so ... (King's mouth cannot articulate his dream, for once he is speechless. His eyes well with tears.)
Well ...nobody said it was gonna be easy. Nobody said it would happen in an instant. Everybody said we'd never get there. But then again nobody thought we'd make it this far. Can I get an Amen? I said can I get an Amen! You have wandered the desert. The flaming sands burning your feet. But you are standing at the edge of Canaan on a mountaintop made of the dreams of men and women who have paid the ultimate price with their lives. Children of the Nile, you must rise, as you can no longer walk weary through this world with willowed backs. Your time is now, I cell you NOW! The baton may have been dropped. But anyone can pick it back up. I don't know where in the race we are, but pick up that baton and pass, pass, pass it along. This baton is no longer the burden my image can bear. For you are the climbers, the new carriers of the cross. I beg you, implore you, don't give in and toss it off. On this here mountaintop there is beauty to behold, the Promised Land, your Promised Land in black, red, white, blue, brown and gold. Canaan is calling! She is calling for you to come! The Promised Land is so close, and yet so far away, so close and yet so far away so close and yet so - (In a small pinpoint of light Camae's hand comes from behind King, setling on his trembling shoulder.)