19 € Normal
17 € Club Ö1, unions, Pensioners, Verbund, Kolping members
15 € as of 5zig, Tera Vienna Card, groups 7+ persons
13 € Theatre Tuesday, disabled card holders, Wien Energie
10 € Family extra, Students, Uni. Darstell. Kunst
9.50 € IG Theater, Club Ö1 Students, Students 6+,
0 € Kulturpass Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur, Wiener Sozialpass, Präsenz- und Zivildiener
Press & general enquiries contact Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Tel.: 43(0) 699 12127679
With thanks to our sponsors: U.S. Embassy Vienna, Theater Drachengasse & Demobrewery
vienna theatre project leading team:
Asst Director: Ho Andras and Katrin Firlinger
Stage Manager: Laura D Mitchell
Costumes: Laura Mitchell/Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Set Design: vienna theatre project
Set building: Theater Drachengasse
Sound FX: vienna theatre project
Lights: MIchaela Pink
Poster/Flyer: Gernot Ottowitz
Show Photos: Ine Gundersveen and Thomas Schluet
PR & Sponsorship: Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Film/trailers: Adrienne Hanly
In House: Beate Platzgummer and team
About the Show
10th – 22nd February 2020, 8pm
Theater Drachengasse Bar & Co, Fleischmarkt 22, 1010 Vienna Tel.: 01/5131444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Starring: David Wurawa and Kudra Owens
Directed by Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Set and costumes: Laura D Mitchell
Set at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968, The Mountaintop dramatizes the night before Martin Luther King is assassinated right after he delivered a speech where he foretold his own fate: “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that tonight, we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”
Katori Hall weaves a powerful, poignantly funny, surreal fantasy about a conversation between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee to his hotel room late at night. Their meeting prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of civil rights and African Americans. Hall's insight, light touch and lively mood depicts King as a man with very human faults who was nonetheless capable of inspiring millions to hope and move toward equality and justice.
“The Mountaintop literally explodes into metaphysical magic realism, ruminating on race and politics, life and death in ways that connect King’s legacy to every person in the audience.” Hollywood Reporter
“...a strange, wonderful trip about MLK's last day” Hollywood Reporter
“…Majestic” Entertainment Weekly
“…an emotionally powerful and theatrically stunning moment of truth” Variety
“…very human…a hyper-realistic production full of humour and magic…” Falter 2020
“…David Wurawa brings charm and vulnerability. Kudra Owens…a powerhouse…It is both moving and incredibly funny…”
"Pick of the Week"
David Wurawa - Martin Luther King Jr.
David Wurawa is an Award-Winning actor with an extensive, international body of work in film, television, radio and theatre. He has starred in and co-produced New Order, a Sci-fi feature film starring the legendary Franco Nero. In 2011, he was nominated for Best Actor at the Munich Film Festival for his performance in Frankfurt Coincidences. He starred in the multi-award-winning film Ausstieg Rechts, in Void, La Pasada the TV series pilot Wienerland, the Lotte Jaeger crime series, Soko Stuttgart (Hakuna Matata), Tatort (Virus) in Austria, Choose Your Journey, Jack Strong and the multi award-winning web-series 2020 in Poland. He has also starred in the ORF hit Braunschlag, Goliath 96 opposite Katja Riemann, Refuge and First World Solutions & The Field Of Miracles. His film Garten Afrika/ Usgrächnet Gähwilers (Meet The Gaehwilers) which premiered in January 2017 at the 52nd Solothurner Filmtage 2017 in Switzerland, was nominated for the Prix Du Public. It Won the Zurich Film Award for Best Film 2017. In 2018/19 he played in Welcome to the Hartmanns at the Vienna Akademietheater, and Candide at the Kammeroper. He is currently appears in the ARD series Racko and is filming Shadow and Bone, Netflix. The film The Field of Miracles, in which he starred and where he was executive producer, won Best Short Film at the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes in November 2019. This is his 4th production with vienna theatre project. www.davidwurawa.com
Kudra Owens - Camae, a chambermaid
Kudra Owens is originally from Seattle Washington, she trained in classical ballet and theater at The Cornish College of Arts. She has also studied at The William Esper Studio, and Actors Movement Studio, in NYC. She has been living in Vienna since 2000, and has credits in musical theater, theater, film, commercials and singing performances with such companies as Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, The International Theater, Open House Theater, Vienna's English Theatre and vienna theatre project. Some of her credits include; Broadway National Tour of Footloose, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Vital Signs, Ordinary Days, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, the film Thank You For Bombing, Mary Poppins (Vereinigte Bühnen Wien), “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Dogfight”, ““M” Eine Stadt Sucht Ein Mörder” (ORF TV Series) and “Berlin Station”. — at Theater Drachengasse.
Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright from Memphis, Tennessee and the showrunner of PUSSY VALLEY, a new Starz series based on her play of the same name. She also wrote the book for Tina, the hit West End musical based on the life and catalog of Tina Turner.
Katori's play The Mountaintop, premiering at Theatre503 in 2009, transferred to the West End and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. Following its West End run, the play opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim. Katori's other work includes the award-winning Hurt Village which is currently in development as a feature film, Hoodoo Love, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, Purple is the Colour of Mourning and The Blood Quilt. www.katorihall.com
Director/Producer - Joanna GODWIN-SEIDL
The actress and director studied theatre in the United Kingdom. She has been running VIENNA THEATRE PROJECT since 2006. THE LAST FIVE YEARS was her solo musical debut at the Theater Drachengasse. German language theatre credits include directing MÄDCHEN MIT DEN SCHWEFELHÖLZERN (Ronacher Theater), HAUTNAH (Patrick Marber) for Theaterverein Vision (OFF Theater) and MORD IM MUSIKANTENBEISL (Asst. director - Theater Drachengasse). Recently acclaimed musicals include ORDINARY DAYS and TICK TICK..BOOM! She has a solid repertoire, often choosing plays with social & political content: PLENTY (VIS Theatre), DIRT (Theater am Petersplatz) and THE MEETING (Black History Month/Theater am Petersplatz) to name a few. In 2014 she directed the hit play TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, was pleased to receive rave reviews for her musical TITLE OF SHOW and starred in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 PSYCHOSIS. As an actor, she has starred in a number of shows from Ayckbourn to Coward and Shakespeare, in theatres such as Vienna’s English Theatre, the Kammeroper and Schönbrunner Schlosstheater. In 2015-2016 she directed the critically acclaimed shows DISGRACED, MARRY ME A LITTLE and THE INVISIBLE HAND. All her latest productions, including THE WHO & THE WHAT ( 2017, Theater Drachengasse) and BUILDING THE WALL were nominated "Tip of the Week" in the national press.” Recent directorial premieres include CROSSING JERUSALEM, THE FLICK and RED by John Logan (2019). Joanna directed her first opera THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in 2018.