through February 12, 2017
It was in April 1968 when Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis at the Lorraine Motel. He was working at getting together another march in his work for civil rights for all people. And it was on the balcony of the motel on April 4th that shots rang out which resonated around the country and the world.
In this fine script by Katori Hall, we meet a preacher-man who really is a man, and who has not only scriptures within his mind, but street smarts. He’s not put off by plain spoken words; for it is the intent of the speaker not the words which may be uttered.
Without revealing the unexpected relationship of the two actors, it’s a tale told in normal tongue, about a man whose been there, seen it and been through it. He may not know how long the trip may be, nor where the final stop may be; but he’s prepared for what may occur.
Neal Ghant is MLK, Jr. and he shines brilliantly in this work. Cynthia D. Barker appears as the maid, Camae. She is also terrific as these two interact in this 90 minute performance. She may look like a maid, but she may be a whole lot more.
Eric J. Little, who has acted and directed around town in many venues, directed this fine production on a static one-room set by the sisters Curley-Clay. Yes, . . . you know where the story must go, but you really want to see it through the eyes of those closer to the event.
This is one mainly for adults, and one’s religious beliefs (or lack thereof) are immaterial. The Aurora is easy to get to in Lawrenceville, with plenty of free parking, and every seat in the house has a fine view. More info and tickets at AuroraTheatre.com