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Russian Ambassador & 'The Mountaintop'


Part One: Russian Ambassador to the US. The Russian Ambassador to the United States was in town last week on behalf of the World Affairs Council. It was the first time the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, or its predecessor, the U.S.S.R., has visited Charlotte. Ambassador Kislyak spoke with us about the current political and economic relationship between the Russian Federation and the U.S., the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, bilateral cooperation on international issues, defense and security initiatives and commitments to enhancing cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak
- Russian Ambassador to the United States

Credit Tim Fuller
Erika LaVonn and James T. Alfred in 'The Mountaintop.'

Part Two: The Mountaintop. A re-imagining of the events the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. has taken the stage this week at the Booth Playhouse. The play, The Mountaintop, takes place in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis after one of Dr. King’s most memorable speeches. The show’s Broadway run was co-produced by Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts, and as the road tour’s four-week stint in the Queen City begins, we’ll meet with one of The Mountaintop’s stars and Tom Gabbard from the Blumenthal to talk about what parts of the King legacy the play covers and how this production came to be.
James T. Alfred
- Actor, plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop
Tom Gabbard - President of Blumenthal Performing Arts

  • The Mountaintop is at the Booth Playhouse Feb. 4 - Mar. 2. Details.