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MLK's last night in 'The Mountaintop'; Oscar's diversity fallout; August Wilson monologues

Published March 1, 2016 at 3:52 PM PST
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I.C. Rapoport
Larry Bates plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Danielle Truitt is a motel maid named Camae in "The Mountaintop."

Roger Guenveur Smith on directing "The Mountaintop," a play set in a Memphis motel on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination; criticism mounts over Chris Rock's treatment of diversity and Asian-Americans; high school students perform August Wilson monologues.

The teenagers were competing for one of the most prestigious prizes for young actors in American theater, but they were also finding their artistic voice.
The comedian is being criticized for reducing diversity in Hollywood to a black-and-white paradigm, and for making jokes based on Asian stereotypes.
Actor Roger Guenveur Smith sits in the director's chair for "The Mountaintop," Katori Hall's fictional account of MLK's last night alive.
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