One man play depicts MLK

“The Myth, The Man” tells story minutes before assassination


Ira Knight’s play, “The Myth, The Man” interprets Martin Luther King Jr.’s thoughts minutes before his death on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Knight said his goal by writing this play was to redirect the narrative that King was a mythical creature to a human being. Their performance on Jan. 26 was the seventh time Knight has presented his show. The 72-year-old actor, John Ivy, entered the stage smoking a cigarette before he sat down and addressed the audience. Ivy grew up watching Martin Luther King Jr. when he was a child, which he said helped him in the performance to depict the activist as a human being rather than a superhero or trophy.