Tag: Michael Oatman

Kent State Coda: No Black MLK Ever Reached Their “Mountaintop”

In the many press accounts of director Michael Oatman casting a white man to play Dr. Martin Luther King in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, stories have all acknowledged Oatman’s original concept of splitting the role between black and white actors. His intent was, in his words: “I truly wanted to explore the issue of racial ownership and authenticity.  […]

Erasing Race On Stage At Clarion University

“The students are victims,” writes playwright Lloyd Suh, regarding the events that led to his play Jesus in India being canceled a little more than a week before it was to be produced at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. Presumably, anyone learning of students who have been preparing a production for weeks, only to not be able to […]

When A White Actor Goes To “The Mountaintop”

People are dumbfounded. People are incredulous. People are angry. In the past few hours, a month-old story began circulating on social media about a production of Katori Hall’s widely produced The Mountaintop, specifically a story from the Akron Beacon-Journal about a production of the play at Kent State University in late September and early October. What has everyone so […]