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I have a discussion and i need it in 2 and half hours. 250 words initial Post and two replies of 60 words each. I have attached the replies of other students. Please answer my initial post like how they are answered. No references required. 

The Mountaintop audio play link: https://soundcloud.com/latheatreworks/the-mountaintop-1?in=latheatreworks/sets/educational-titles

You will need to listen to the audio play The Mountaintop and read the “A Little Context on the Play” before responding to this DB.

This week we listened to Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, a fictional play, based on a real historical figure that imagines the last hours of Dr. MLK’s life. In this play, the playwright mixes a historical event with elements of magic realism (fantasy) to discuss the life and legacy of MLK, a historical figure and social justice icon. 

1) What did you think of this play? Did it allow you to see another side of MLK?  Did it help you appreciate his work/legacy? Please explain. (10pts)

2) Reflect on the themes discussed in this play. What do you think was the goal of the playwright in writing and presenting this story to the world?  Was she successful? (why/why not?) (10pts)

Tirza Williams

Wednesday7 Oct at 22:27

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1.) What did you think of this play? Did it allow you to see another side of MLK?  Did it help you appreciate his work/legacy?

· I liked this play a lot. I found it interesting how Dr. King thinks he’s talking to a regular woman but, she is actually an angel that’s been sent by God. This play allowed me to see that even Martin Luther King JR. was a flawed individual. However, his flaws doesn’t make him less credible. I still view him as a revolutionary leader. He paved the way for all colored people to live a life without segregation and being discriminated upon.

2.) Reflect on the themes discussed in this play. What do you think was the goal of the playwright in writing and presenting this story to the world?  Was she successful? (why/why not?) 

· The theme of this play is Acceptance. When Camae revealed that Dr. King was going to die soon, he became very angry with God. He even tried to reason with God and complained about not being ready to die yet. It was interesting to hear how Dr. King talked about fear metaphorically. “ Fear is my constant companion “. Even though Martin Luther King Jr. seems like a fearless man that stood up for equality, he reveals that he still gets fearful at times. Finally, Dr. King accepts that God is calling him home to heaven. The goal of the playwright was to reveal that Dr. King was a human being before his assassination. Humans aren’t perfect. The author, Katori Hall,  successfully represented him well. Hall revealed a personal side of Dr. King that not a lot of people knew existed. 

My favorite part was when Dr. King had a conversation with God on the phone. God confirms how Dr. King was indeed a favorite. I enjoyed this play.

Austin J Salazar

Austin J Salazar

Saturday10 Oct at 1:16

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1) What did you think of this play? Did it allow you to see another side of MLK?  Did it help you appreciate his work/legacy? Please explain. 

– I enjoyed the dialogue in this play, I imagine a simple set with not much to distract so that the audience can really focus on the dialogue. I had recently watched the movie Selma, so I wasn’t too shocked to hear of MLK Jr’s flaws, however it was quite interesting to hear the interpretations of how MLK Jr managed to woo other women. This play really showed that despites his flaws, he was a man working toward a greater good. It was amazing to hear someone who was willing to risk his life for the greater good. This man truly made sacrifices, but so did his family, and I think the play did touch on that as well. The phone call with Coretta and his child showed the audience that this man was also a husband and father, and that he wasn’t home to take care of his family because he was trying to take care of the people. 

2) Reflect on the themes discussed in this play. What do you think was the goal of the playwright in writing and presenting this story to the world?  Was she successful? (why/why not?)

– One of the main themes of this play is human flaw, to show that no one is perfect despite how they are presented to the public. Media may disguise and only show the good parts of a person, but in the end, we are all human.  By focusing on human flaw, this play focused on the human aspect of MLK Jr, making him a relatable human, rather than a unrelatable deity of sorts. He had the greatest intentions and fought against segregation and discrimination. His fight resulted in many sacrifices, not only by him, but by his family as well. I think, therefore, there are aspects to this play that inspire hope and courage in people. People can realize that anyone can make a change, that one doesn’t have to be a perfect to be a role model. I think the writer was successful, she didn’t hold MLK Jr on a pedestal, instead she made him the audience’s equal. By making him an equal, just another person who can be tempted, who has flaws, and who is driven by fear, the audience can better relate to him. By making MLK Jr a relatable person, one can become inspired to become a catalyst for change or even just fight for their own dreams. 

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