Waterwell, one of the Village Voice's Best Arguments for Devised Theater (2010) and creators of the live concept album Goodbar and #9, will present a special one-night-only concert of The Last Year In the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. tonight, Monday, October 22nd at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) at 7:00 p.m.
The Last Year In the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. is devised by Waterwell, directed by Tom Ridgely, with music by Lauren Cregor Devine. Drawn from the legendary speeches, interviews, and private notes of Dr. King, the obscured history of his last days shines through in a dazzling mix of rock, blues, folk, and funk. Although he was known for non-violence, this blistering performance reveals the fire and intensity behind his stormy quest for peace. New York Magazine calls The Last Year In the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. "Extraordinary. Brilliant. Raucous. One of the best new musicals of the year."
The cast of The Last Year In the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. features Rodney Gardiner (American Night, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Shelley Thomas (Rent, National Tour), David Manis (As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Park), Michael Pemberton (The Farnsworth Invention), Will Jackson Harper (Modern Terroism, Second Stage Theatre), Brian Tyree Henry (Book of Mormon), JD Webster (Porgy and Bess), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On), Reed Birney (Uncle Vanya, Soho Rep), Hanna Cheek (Goodbar), Mick Hilgers (Lost in Staten Island: More Tales of Modern Living, La MaMa), and Jason Gotay (Bring It On).
Tickets for The Last Year In the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. are $15 and available for purchase online at Joe's Pub. For more information, visit www.waterwell.org.