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Katori Hall

So Little Time, So Many Possibilities

George Heymont | Posted 01.17.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

A brilliant idea. That's what most creatives crave. For some, great ideas come naturally. For others, they arrive on a cloud of fortuitous timing, often resting on a foundation of intuition and introspection. Once a brilliant idea is within an artist's grasp, the next question is what to do with it.

Who's Doing the Planting

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We cannot spend all our time with the like-minded. At some point we have to leave our echo chambers and uphold our positions. There is no perfectly safe way to be true to ourselves.

Playwright Outraged After White Actor Is Cast As MLK Jr.

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 04.12.2016 | Arts

The decision by a black director to cast a white actor as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a production at Ohio's Kent State University has come under f...

The Big Reveal

George Heymont | Posted 05.16.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Some people may be horrified by my attitude toward spoiler alerts, but the Internet has changed the nature of arts criticism. If an important plot device can't be discussed in print, it means that the playwright and producer lack sufficient faith in their material to trust their audience.

Alicia Keys Scores With Stick Fly

Lonna Saunders | Posted 02.12.2012 | New York
Lonna Saunders

Fourteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys scores with Stick Fly in her debut as a Broadway producer. Stick Fly may be best described as television's The Cosby Show meets Academy Award-winner Crash (2005).

Tell It From the Mountaintop

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.18.2011 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The mountaintop may be the ultimate pulpit, the highest high from which to speak, the source of divine wisdom, or it may just be a sexual plateau, the lay result of a man and a woman cooped up in a Memphis motel room on a stormy night. He was a Man, of course.

Dr. King's Volcanic Mountaintop Seductively Explosive

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

This is not a play for the faint-hearted, but it is a celebration of life, love, and country.

PHOTOS: Stylish Stars At 'The Mountaintop' Opening

Posted 12.14.2011 | Black Voices

Katori Hall's new play "The Mountaintop" starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson opened last night in New York City to a star-studded audience. ...

The Mountaintop

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

The time: April 3rd, 1968. Martin Luther King (played by Samuel Jackson) is alone in room 306 in The Lorraine Motel in Memphis a day after he made his...

Interview: Playwright Katori Hall Reaches for King's Mountaintop

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.10.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

Playwright Katori Hall's new play Mountaintop pays tribute to Dr. King's last public appearance at Mason Temple in Memphis where he delivered his historic "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.