The Mountaintop presented by StageCoach Theatre

Page 1 20937 Ashburn Road Suites 115 and 120 Ashburn, VA 20147 571-477-9444 "Hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love." - Dr. Martin Luther King Written by Katori Hall Produced by April Bridgeman Directed by Scott J. Strasbaugh Performances May 4 - 18, 2024 StageCoachTheatre, Ashburn, VA

is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love." - Dr. Martin Luther King

Original Broadway production produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group, Raise the Roof 7, Ted Snowdon, Alhadeff Productions/Lauren Doll, B Square + 4 Productions/Broadway Across America, Jacki Barlia Florin/Cooper Federman, Ronnie Planalp/Moellenberg Taylor and Marla Rubin Productions/Blumenthal Performing Arts, in association with Sco Delman.

THE MOUNTAINTOP was developed at the Lark Play Development Center, New York City, and was first produced by Theatre 503 in June 2009 and further produced at Trafalgar Studio One in July 2009 by Sonia Friedman Productions and Jean Doumanian, Tali Pelman for Ambassador Theatre Group, Bob Bartner, Freddy DeMann, Jerry Frankel, Ted Snowdon and Marla Rubin Productions Ltd.

THE MOUNTAINTOP was developed at the 2008 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a program of the Playwrights Foundation (Amy L. Mueller, Artistic Director).

THE MOUNTAINTOP is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (

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Director’s Notes:

Through this story of “The Mountaintop”, we are able to delve into the heart and mind of the Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose dream of equality and justice was cut short by a killer’s bullet. As I read and reread the script and sat during numerous rehearsals with two unbelievably talented Actors, I wondered daily, what would he see if he was here today? He’d see a promised land obscured with darkness and hate. A world still needing to see his dream become a reality. A continued struggle for equality and justice for all. My hope is that our production affects your hearts, and helps us reach inside our souls to love one another and find some peace within. Thank you so much for seeing our show, and paying forward kindness and love for everyone.

I personally want to thank my technical team for pu ing this show on in time, giving the hills they had to climb to get it done. April, I will only do shows this powerful with you, because we get each other, and I love you for that. Terry, you can’t pick a driver to ever beat me in Nascar, but you are an amazing talent and a highly skilled Tech director and I am so happy to call you my closest friend. Kat, your photography skills tell a story before we even get it to a stage. Torie, thank you for lighting our world, and even be er, teaching tomorrow’s big time Actors today. Saarung, thank you for your hard work and bringing sound to our stage and the constant backstage fist bumps. Heather, you have no idea how much it means to me for you to come back for this production and dress our actors. Love you dearly! And last but never least, I want to thank Tony, who has been my ride or die during this entire process. Tony, the world needs more, you. I hope you know how much I appreciate our talks, your teachings about what it’s like, you challenging me to be be er, and your laughter that will forever be embedded in my head. You are a champion and I will follow you to the moon and back to see what amazing things you will do next. Thank you, my friend.

Producer’s Notes:

Producers don’t usually put their notes in the program, but this production means a lot to me. I was born in 1954 and lived the first 9 years of my life in a home at 8 Mile and Southfield in Detroit. My mother had tendencies to use the TV as a babysi er, so every morning I was plopped in front of the TV while she cooked breakfast, packed lunches, and did whatever 1950/1960’s housewives did in the kitchen. One of my most vivid memories of childhood happened during one of those TV mornings. Instead of the usual Howdy Doody or Captain Kangaroo, the news was on. They were reporting and showing video of police turning fire hoses on civil rights protesters. The force of the water knocked people off their feet. They were crying, screaming, and trying to stand up and get away from it, but the police were relentless. To say I was horrified is an understatement. I screamed, ran into the kitchen crying, MOM! MOM! Why are they doing that?!? She came out to see what was happening, turned off the TV, went back into the kitchen without answering me. I was relentless. Why are people being hurt by other people? What was going on? How could this be happening? “Well some people think that Negroes commit more crimes.” Do they? “No.” Then why are they doing that to them? I don’t understand, Mom, then why?

Here we are all these decades later, and I still don’t understand. The memories of seeing that inhumanity have stayed with me all these years. It’s ugly, it’s shameful and it’s still in existence today. What I do understand now that I didn’t as a child is the trauma I felt watching that cruelty on TV is nothing compared to the trauma they and their families experienced.

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Executive Producer Jerri Wiseman

Producer April Bridgeman

Director Sco J Strasbaugh

Assistant Director/Stage Manager Tony Marshak

Technical Director/Master Builder Terry Smith

Lighting Design Terry Smith

Lighting Technician Torie Dunlap

Sound Design and Technician Saarung Soomro

“Pass the Baton” Music Arrangement Fred Muller

Costumes Heather Levan Love

Props and Set Dressings

April Bridgeman

Set Building and Painting Terry Smith, Torie Dunlap, Tony Marshak, April Bridgeman, Augusto Quiachon, and the cast and crew of The Insanity of Mary Girard

Photography Kat Brais

Program Jerri Wiseman

Front of House April Bridgeman, Mark Gatanas, Jerri Wiseman

Robert Fremon as Martin Luther King Jr. Robert began his professional acting career upon his return from his first deployment to Iraq in 2009. He went on to participate in several theatre festivals, training classes, and theatrical tours with a variety of production companies such as RQL Productions where he played both George Murchinson in A Raisin in the Sun and Thomas Jones in Fighting God. Robert is also known for his charismatic role as Willie Norful in the hit stage play Saul's Juke Joint, and for his role as Ethan in an independent film called Pawnz. Robert has won "Best Actor" for his role as Dr. Sco during Northern Virginia's Theater Alliance, One Act competitions. Robert also played Turner Davis in Tears of the Soul which won best stage play in 2019 at the DC Black Theater Festival. Robert is an avid reader, musician, and stand-up comedian. He remains dedicated to furthering his skillsets as he continues to study at Studio Acting Conservatory. He's excited to play Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his debut at StageCoach Theatre. He is grateful to all his directors, and teachers both current and former as well as his supporters.

Lauren Baker as Camae

Lauren is excited to make her debut with StageCoach Theatre in The Mountaintop! Originally from Baltimore, MD, she currently resides in Leesburg, VA. Lauren is a proud alumni of Shenandoah University where she studied voice classically, and received her Masters in Music Therapy. Lauren is a member of Sterling Playmakers (SP), where she serves as an active board member. Within SP, Lauren has shown her talents both on stage and behind stage in various roles such as Assistant Director, Director, and Producer. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Jones, (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)~SP, Uzo/LB, (Godspell)~ SP, Ensemble (Sister Act)~PWLT, Assistant Director (Ragtime)~SP, Director (Raisin in the Sun)~SP, Music Director (Shakespeare in Love)~SP, and Producer (Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged)~ SP. (PWLT: Prince William Li le Theatre)

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