Special showing of "The Mountaintop" starring Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett to benefit NYC's public school students and schools

Queens, NY (BlackNews.com) — Local New York residents are being encouraged to support NYC Outward Bound at an upcoming special theater event in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (242 West 45th Street).

“The Mountaintop”, starring actors Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, is a gripping theatrical experience that reimagines the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The play was written by Katori Hall, and is directed by Kenny Leon.

Here’s the synopsis:

After delivering one his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King (Samuel L. Jackson) retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger (Angela Bassett) arrives with some surprising news, King in forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

Taking place on Tuesday, January 17th at 7pm, the evening will include an exclusive post-show talk back with playwright Katori Hall. Ticket sales support NYC Outward Bound and its work with NYC’s public schools. All seating is orchestra. Tickets are on sale until Jan. 6th and are $125 per ticket, $40.50 of which is a donation that will directly benefit students.

About NYC Outward Bound

NYC Outward Bound operates a growing network of public schools in all five boroughs of the City. Run in partnership with the City’s Department of Education, their schools are built on the nationally recognized Expeditionary Learning model and prepare students for college, citizenship and the 21st-century workplace.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, comments, “NYC Outward Bound is… defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do.”
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