Martin Luther King Jr. Steps Onstage

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Martin Luther King Jr. steps onstage at Gulfshore

Felicia Curry in THE MOUNTAINTOP. Photographer: Pedro Zepeda.
Felicia Curry in THE MOUNTAINTOP.
Photographer: Pedro Zepeda.

Jamil Mangan isn’t portraying just anybody in Gulfshore Playhouse’s new play, “The Mountaintop.” He’s portraying an American legend – none other than civil-rights demigod Martin Luther King Jr.
Mangan is well aware of the expectations that come with playing such an iconic figure. Everybody know what King looked like and what he sounded like – especially the way he sounded when delivering speeches like the one that doubles as the play’s title.

So the pressure was on to get those details right.