Youngstown, OH (January, 27 2022): The Youngstown Playhouse will present its first production of the new year with Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. Directed by James Major Burns, the production will run February 18-27, 2022 in The Moyer Room as part of the Griffith-Adler Series.

Set on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagination of the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy. Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is helmed by James Major Burns (Elf, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) in his directorial debut.

The creative team is led under the direction of James Major Burns and includes Trevail Maurice Smith (Production Stage Manager), Johnny Pecano (Technical Director/Scenic Designer), Travail Maurice Smith (Scenic Designer), and Ellen Licitra (Lighting Designer).

Major Burns states, “The Mountaintop brings to life what many of us have wondered; What happened in that hotel room on August 3, 1968? I am thrilled to bring this story to life for my directorial debut. This is an honest interpretation filled with courage, audacity, and heartfelt performances.”

Individual tickets are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM by calling 330-788-8739 or in person at the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Tickets are also available 24 hours a day online at: Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and military, including fees. Moyer Room productions are general admission seating.

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The Youngstown Playhouse gratefully acknowledges Briarfield as Box Office Sponsor of the 2021 Season: