Casting Of White Actor As Martin Luther King Jr. Draws Legal Response From Playwright! See Her Verbal Smackdown Of The Director HERE!
Theater director Michael Oatman decided to exercise an experimental casting choice for his Kent State University production of the stage play The Mountaintop!
But the Ohio college production has enraged playwright Katori Hall — because a white actor was cast to play the lead character of Martin Luther King Jr.!
The writer of the award-winning play, which depicts MLK and a motel maid on the night before he is killed, called the Ohio production "a self-serving and disrespectful directing exercise," in an online essay.