2017-2018 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 25 Seasons!

April 12 - May 13, 2018

The Man in Room 306

By Craig Alan Edwards

A revival of Luna's critically acclaimed signature piece honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH BONNIE & MICHAEL CARTER, AND RITA & TERRY WOODARD

Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

It is April 3rd, 1968: a rainy evening at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These are the declining years of the Civil Rights Movement and the stakes couldn't be higher: the viability of nonviolence in the civil rights struggle and Dr. King's credibility as its symbolic leader are in jeopardy. Under these trying circumstances, Dr. King finds himself alone in Room 306, struggling with his past, anxious about his future, and coming to terms with his life. The Man in Room 306 is a critically acclaimed, intimate, and human portrait of Dr. King: a fictional glimpse into the private passions and fears of an incredible man during an extraordinary time.

Directed by Jerome Preston Bates

Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan

Production and Design: Christopher and Justin Swader (Set Design), Devin Cameron (Lighting Design), Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design), Dan Viola (Production Manager), and Courtney Labossiere (Stage Manager)

Talkback Schedule: Sunday, April 15th and Thursday, April 26th
Special Talkback: Thursday, May 3rd with Richard Wesley

Richard Wesley

Richard Wesley was born in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Howard University. He studied Playwriting under the tutelage of Owen Dodson and Ted Shine. A member of the New Lafayette Theater from 1970 through 1973, he served as Managing Editor of its Black Theater magazine.

He was presented with a Drama Desk Award for his 1971 stage play, THE BLACK TERROR. His 1978 play, THE MIGHTY GENTS, appeared on Broadway. His 1989 play, THE TALENTED TENTH, brought him his fourth AUDELCO Award for outstanding play. Read More (.pdf)

An interview with Jamil A. C. Mangan, who will be playing the role of Dr. Martin Luther King in Luna Theater's production of "The Man in Room 306". The play is a solo piece set on the evening prior to Dr. King's death in Memphis.

An interview with Jerome Preston Bates, who will be directing Luna Theater's production of "The Man in Room 306". The play is a solo piece set on the evening prior to Dr. King's death in Memphis.

This Week In 1968 Title
This Week In 1968
This Week In 1968

Read More

For more information on the Poor People's Campaign of 1967-68, click on this link.

For more information about The Wise Men, click here to read an article in Politico.

On March 27, 1968, Dr. King visited Newark, NJ to support the Poor People's Campaign. To learn more, click here to read this article in NJ Spotlight.

In The Press

Reviews

Meet The Cast

Jamil A.C. Mangan

Jamil A.C. Mangan returns to Luna Stage Company after his stellar performance as Sam in Master Harold & the Boys. Mangan attended Newark Arts High School, the oldest performing arts high school in the U.S. After graduating from Arts High, Jamil studied theatre arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, the first conservatory for the arts in the U.S. His off-Broadway credits include Mother Courage and her Children (Classic Stage Company), Martin Luther On Trial (The Pearl Theater) and Protect The Poets (Teatro Tea). He received the Audelco Award for Best Supporting Actor in What Would Jesus Do? at the (Billie Holiday Theater), and a Connecticut Critic Circle Nomination for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Theaterworks Hartford). Other regional credits include Lynn Nottage's RUINED (Philadelphia Theater Company), Water By The Spoonful (Premiere Stages), Othello (Perseverance Theater), and To Kill A Mockingbird (Orlando Shakespeare Theater). He originated the role of Panther in Tammy Ryan's critically acclaimed play, Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods. He has performed the play in a joint production between Premiere Stages and Writers Theater of NJ, Pittsburg Playhouse and Portland Stage Company. In 2010 Mangan received The Viv Award for Best Ensemble for the play August Wilson's Women. Jamil has collaborated with such institutions as Arden Theater, Connecticut Shakespeare, Contemporary American Theater Festival, African Globe, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Mangan can also be seen alongside Tony Award Winner Roger Robinson in the PBS Documentary, August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand.

Meet The Director

Jerome Preston

Jerome Preston Bates is an American actor, who has trained at HB studios, Lee Strasberg Actors Studio, University of Tennessee, Knoxville College and LAMDA, London, England.

Broadway credits include: Seven Guitars, Stickfly. Off-Broadway and regional theater: Joe Turner's Come and Gone (New Federal Theatre), Macbeth (The Old Globe in San Diego, CA), Two Trains Running (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Richard III (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), King Lear (The Folgers Theatre in The Classical Theatre of Harlem), August Wilson's FENCES (Denver Center, People's Light Theatre, Yale Repertory, Hartford Stage, The Long Wharf, The Alliance Atlanta, The Wilma, Philadelphia Theatre Co, Philadelphia Drama Guild, The Arden, Center Stage Baltimore), Seven Guitars (Chicago's Goodman Theatre). Selected Television and Film credits include: HBO's OZ, All My Children, Law and Order, SVU, Lights Out, NY Undercover, NYPD Blue, Sesame Street, America's Most Wanted, SHAFT 2000, Peeples, Musical Chairs, Tio Papi, Romeo and Juliette in Harlem, The Out of Towners, It Runs in the Family.

Meet The Playwright

Craig Alan Edwards

Craig Alan Edwards is a New York actor, writer, producer, playwright and original performer of THE MAN IN ROOM 306, a fictional account of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night in Memphis in 1968 (www.themaninroom306.com). He is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of Boston University.

His theatre credits include: REGIONAL: Black Gold; The Arch Bishop's Ceiling; Merchant of Venice; King Lear; (Earl Hyman) Taming of the Shrew; Dinner with Friends; Fences; Les Blanc; A Taste of Honey; Much Ado About Nothing; Twelfth Night; Hamlet; Romeo & Juliet; Tracers; My Three Angels; and others. NEW YORK: Waiting for My Man; Box; A Last Dance for Sybil; (Ruby Dee) Love's Labor's Lost; Oroonoko.

Craig's television work includes: How to Make it in America, FRINGE, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Intent; All My Children; As the World Turns. Films include: Sweet & Lowdown, Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, Don't Nobody Love the Game, and Under New Management.

The Man in Room 306

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