St. Francis showcasing MLK play this February

University of Saint Francis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The School of Creative Arts at the University of St. Francis will present a two person play centering around Martin Luther King, Jr. during Black History Month. “The Mountaintop” written by Katori Hall is a fictional take on April 3, 1968, the day before the assassination of King.

Brad Beauchamp will direct local actors, Ennis Brown, Jr. and Fatima Washington, in the upcoming production. Brown will play King and Washington will play Camea, a hotel maid who forces King to faces his fears, in the production.

Brown portrayed Tom Robinson in a USF production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” also directed by Beauchamp. Washington is a singer and songwriter who has performed on local stages, but she has also performed with national artists like Trace Adkins and Tony Award winner Heather Headley.

Performances of “The Mountaintop” go from February 19 to 22 at the USF North Campus Auditorium. Doors will open 30 minutes before showtime. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance by calling 260-399-8064. They cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children under age 18.

“The Mountaintop” will be showing the following times.

  • Thursday, February 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m.

The play won an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. “The Mountaintop” was also a hit on Broadway starring famous film and television actors Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.


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