Monday, January 21, 2013
* 7 pm, The Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts
"This is an incredible time to be here at Dartmouth College as we celebrate the Year of the Arts and the 40th year of co-education on campus. As a society we have made so many steps forward, and I am excited that the college is honoring its important achievements as it relates to ensuring educational equality for women. To be asked to participate in this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration is a great honor and a joy. I often look at Dr. King's dream and am at awe at how far we've come, but overwhelmed by how far we have to go towards achieving true equality nationally and globally. I thank Dartmouth College for giving me an opportunity to reflect with its faculty and students about this point in history while honoring the legacy of one of my biggest heroes."
-K. Hall, 2013
Katori Hall's play The Mountaintop, about Martin Luther King's last night before his assassination, premiered in London in 2009 to great critical acclaim and earned Hall the Olivier Award for Best New Play. In September 2011, The Mountaintop opened on Broadway starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Her other plays include Hurt Village, which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; Children of Killers; Hoodoo Love; Remembrance; Saturday Night/Sunday Morning; WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!!; Our Lady of Kibeho; and Pussy Valley.
In addition to the awards already mentioned, Hall has received honors including a Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award, and two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center.
Hall's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Essence and The Commercial Appeal, and she has been a contributing reporter for Newsweek.
Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights' Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop, and a graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School. She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Coca-Cola Scholar Program, the Dramatists Guild, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is currently a member of the Residency Five at Signature Theatre Company in New York City
* Free tickets available for pickup in person only at the Hopkins Center Box office beginning Tues., Jan.15 at noon for those with Dartmouth student, faculty, or staff I.D.; beginning Jan. 17 at 10 am for the general public. Four-ticket limit per person. Ticket holders must be in their seats by 6:45 pm, after which empty seats become available to those without tickets.
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