April 15th, 2011
02:38 PM ET
He's played many memorable characters on screen, but now Samuel L. Jackson will portray a legend on stage. The actor is set to make his Broadway debut portraying Martin Luther King, reports Deadline.
Jackson will star in the upcoming drama "The Mountaintop," which takes place on April 3, 1968—the night before the civil rights leader was assassinated. The story will follow Dr. King as he retires to Room 306 in Memphis' Lorraine Motel following the legendary "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.
When a mysterious woman delivers his room-service, he is forced to confront his past and his legacy.
"'The Mountaintop' is a brilliantly conceived gem of a play. An ambitious work of fiction that is powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating," said producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman in a statement. "We are thrilled to be bringing Katori Hall’s remarkable, Olivier-winning work to New York, and to present a singular new American voice to Broadway audiences. And we are honored to be presenting the Broadway debut of the great Samuel L. Jackson."
"The Mountaintop" will begin performances on September 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening on October 13. Tickets will go on sale at a later date.
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