As the final play in its 25th Season Luna will present a revival of the THE MAN IN ROOM 306 Luna’s signature piece, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The play was written by Craig Alan Edwards and will star Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King. The production will be directed by Jerome Preston Bates.
Performances begin April 12 and will continue through May 13th. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm. Previews begin Thursday, April 12. Official opening will be Friday, April 20 at 8:00pm.
It is April 3rd, 1968: a rainy evening at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These are the declining years of the Civil Rights Movement and the stakes couldn’t be higher: the viability of nonviolence in the civil rights struggle and Dr. King’s credibility as its symbolic leader are in jeopardy. Under these trying circumstances, Dr. King finds himself alone in Room 306, struggling with his past, anxious about his future, and coming to terms with his life.
The Man in Room 306 is a critically acclaimed, intimate, and human portrait of Dr. King: a fictional glimpse into the private passions and fears of an incredible man during an extraordinary time.
Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the day after giving his prophetic speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” He was in Memphis to support a strike by the black sanitary public works employees, who were represented by AFSCME Local 1733.
The Man in Room 306 was brought to Luna in 1995 by Craig Alan Edwards and Cheryl Katz who worked to develop the piece. When the play opened at Luna Craig Alan Edwards played the role of Dr. King and the play was directed by Cheryl Katz. After a very successful run during the 1995/6 season, Luna revived the piece for the 2007/8 season. Subsequently in 2010 that production transferred to New York as an Off-Broadway production at 59 E 59 Theatre.
Luna Stage is located at 595 Valley Road in West Orange located in the Valley Arts District. For information and tickets visit www.lunastage.org or call the Box Office 973-395-5551.