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Win tickets to ‘The Mountaintop’

StageWorks Fresno on Friday opens a play that recently attracted a lot of attention when it appeared on Broadway in 2011: “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall. It’s a fictional account of the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, set in a Memphis motel room. It can be controversial to some because it presents King as a real person, not a saint. “It pushes some buttons, because people don’t want to recognize their heroes were not perfect, ” says director Joel C. Abels. (Coming Friday: excerpts from a Q&A session with Abels in the 7 section, and an extended interview on the Beehive.)

“The Mountaintop” plays at the Dan Pessano Theatre (on the campus of Clovis North High School) for just two weekends, through Aug. 3. And thanks to the Beehive, you have a chance to win a “four pack” of tickets to any of the opening weekend shows (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday). 

I’m giving away two of these four-packs, and I’ll pick the winners randomly. To enter, leave a comment on this post answering this question: If you’d had the chance to meet Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you have asked him? (If you’d prefer not to get philosophical, you can just tell us why you’d like to see the show.) 

Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Friday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winners by email on Friday at 10, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by 2 p.m. Friday, I reserve the right to pick another. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the theater box office. Rules are on the jump.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to ‘The Mountaintop’"

Ms B says:

Where did you get such inspiration and what gave you courage during this time in American history?

Rita Bell says:

This is a difficult question to answer because that would be an overwhelming conversation! I would want to ask Dr. King to tell me a story. My grandfather always told stories and those stories always had a lesson and message. Plus, you can learn a lot about a person by the stories they tell.

Sheila Perkins says:

Would love to see this play! tony sanders is a fantastic actor.

Lori Branco says:

I would love to go see this. Tony & Camille are great actors and I am sure it to be amazing.

Geanie says:

I would ask him: Doctor King, did you know that with the changes that you brought to the country, that you would end up giving your life for it? Did he have a feeling leading up to that moment? If so, what was it?

I realize that is 3 questions.


Kristy says:

This show sounds terrific! I’d love to see it.

Donna Kohlruss says:

I’m thoroughly excited to see this show. I want to know more than “I Have a Dream.”

Stephen says:

First I would have asked “When’s the next march and what do you need from me?”

But I’d want to ask him this toughie: Dr. King, knowing that the messenger is often more important than the message, why would you allow your reputation to be sullied in any way?? I know you’re only human, but don’t you think what you’re doing is bigger than you are? Especially knowing you won’t live to see it?

valeria says:

Dr. King, was all the work you put in worth it to you?

B.B. says:

Certainly you see God operating through you and this movement to correct grave injustices. How do you see God in the lives of those who oppose you?

Madi Spate says:

I would ask him what he would do today, although he may be heartbroken that there is still so much, if not more, hate in the world.
I would also ask if he feels like his goal was accomplished.
Then I would ask him what the afterlife is, since I assume it would be in a circumstance where he comes back for a day or so.

I want to see The Mountaintop! I love seeing new up and coming plays.

Meta S says:

what is your favorite memory of Howard Thurman in college?

Nancy White says:

Dr king was so inspirational and brave! Would love to be able to listen and see his last night on earth …that is, his thoughts, dreams and conversation with his wife!

Ed Avila says:

I would ask Dr. King why he felt President Kennedy initially “fell silent” in his (Kennedy’s) failure to act on the savagery that was happening during the march to Birmingham and/or the “Freedom Rides” (through the South).

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