The Mountaintop

By Kassandra Ramirez11th Grade, High School of Leadership and Public Service I’ve got to be honest — I thought that The Mountaintop was going to be a boring reenactment of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wow, was I wrong. Growing up, I was taught to view Dr. King as a person responsible for many wonderful changes in our country, but this play showed a side of him that textbooks don’t teach. Yes, he did help us to be more tolerant with each other, but he had his flaws as well. This play showed that just because someone does something extraordinary with their life doesn't mean that they have to be perfect. The story was full of emotional scenes, comic relief and shocking twists that literally made me jump out of my seat in pure surprise. I was so focused on the characters during the play that I somehow forgot that Samuel L. Jackson was playing Dr. King! His performance was amazing. With every action he took onstage, my heart and my brain tried to piece together what he might do next. To see such a famous and extremely talented person live is an experience that I will never forget. After leaving the theatre, I turned to the person next to me and shouted, “DUDE, WASN’T THAT JUST LIKE, THE BEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE?” See the show and decide for yourself. TICKETS: $34.50 general rush • Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. website