Oscar winner Halle Berry has confirmed plans to star in an upcoming Broadway production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop alongside Samuel L. Jackson, according to ETonline.com. No dates or theater has been announced for the play.
The Mountaintop is set on the eve of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. After delivering his famous “from the mountaintop” speech, King retires to his hotel room, where he encounters a hotel maid who is not what she seems to be. The two-hander play marks the Broadway debut for Oscar winner Berry (Monster's Ball) and Oscar nominee Jackson's first leading Broadway role. In 1990 he understudied the lead role of "Boy Willie" in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, a part he originated at Yale Repertory Theater.
The London production of The Mountaintop, which won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, starred David Harewood as Dr. King and Olivier Award nominee Lorraine Burroughs as the mysterious hotel maid Camae.