American dreams & nightmares

Martin Luther King and the struggle for racial
equality in the USA

Martin Luther King stands on the balcony of a Memphis motel, exhausted and troubled.

His liberal allies in government have deserted him for his opposition to Vietnam, his leadership of the Civil Rights movement is challenged by the radical followers of Malcolm X who accuse him of selling out to the white establishment, his own staff fear

he has lost direction as he broadens his targets to include poverty itself, and above all his creed of non-violence is mocked and outflanked by extremists and those who simply see it as a form of surrender. Meanwhile the scheming Edgar Hoover of the FBI holds a dossier on his private life that might be released to the press and President any day now with heaven knows what effect on his reputation...

Seconds after he reaches the balcony to take fresh air a shot rings out. Martin Luther King falls and dies in the arms of his friends. The greatest political visionary of the twentieth century lies dead.

A play which honours a true martyr but also recognises that he was a frail human who lived to make the American dream real but died in the American nightmare.

Organisation : American Drama Group Europe /
Collaboration : Neimënster

Written by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith
Composer - John Kenny
Producer - Grantly Marshall