To Kill a Mockingbird

2/23/2017 - 3/12/2017
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Emerging Artist Series
"To Kill a Mockingbird" — Feb. 23 to March 12, 2016

Running Feb. 23 to March 12, 2017

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" — Oct. 1 to 18, 2015

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by Jimmie Woody

One of the most honored and beloved novels of all time comes to life on stage in this tender and powerful adaptation.

Against the backdrop of a small town in the Deep South in the 1930s, racial injustice envelops a community and transfigures one girl's life in astonishing ways.

Jean Louise "Scout" Finch is a young girl in Maycomb, Alabama, who is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and brother, Jeremy (or "Jem"), are being raised by their widower father, Atticus, and by their strong-minded housekeeper named Calpurnia. The wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town — but right from the start there's a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of life in Maycomb that only gets louder once Atticus decides to defend a young man against the charges of a crime he didn’t commit.

This Emerging Artsist Series production features a multi-generational ensemble of actors, bringing to life Harper Lee's celebrated tale of the innocence lost and the courage found by those who fight injustice.

Background on the Novel and the Stage Adaptation

In 1960, author Harper Lee published what was to become one of the most influential novels in American history, To Kill a Mockingbird. When it was first published, she was told not to expect it to sell more than a couple thousand copies. It quickly became a sensation, and now, over 50 years later, it has never been out of print, has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages (according to its publisher, Harper Collins). The novel also received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961, among other awards garnered over the years. An Academy Award-winning 1962 film adaptation of the novel starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Upon the publication of her novel, Lee instantaneously became a literary legend. In addition to a condensed version of the story being published in The Reader’s Digest, the book was chosen by the Literary Guild and also picked up by the Book of the Month Club. Many more awards followed including the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Although Lee’s contributions to literature were limited, she achieved what many writers can only wish for even after authoring volumes. For decades after its publication, she refused nearly all interviews and declined to speak publicly about her book, which has become a mainstay of the curriculum of schools the world over. In 2007, President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lee for her services to literature. She was also awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 2010. She lived for decades in Monroeville, Alabama — in her distinctly private fashion — until she died in her sleep on Feb. 19, 2016.

Christopher Sergel, who adapted Lee's novel for the stage, was born in 1918 in Iowa City, Iowa, and he lived a life full of adventure. Following his graduation from the University of Chicago, he served in World War II as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Merchant Marines and taught celestial navigation. Later, he spent two years as the captain of the schooner Chance in the South Pacific. Then, as a writer for Sports Afield magazine, he lived in the African bush for a year. In 1970, the same year he began adapting To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, he became president of Dramatic Publishing, a play publishing and licensing company founded in 1885 by his great uncle, Charles Sergel. During that time, he attracted many fine writers of the 1970s and ‘80s such as Arthur Miller, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury and E.B. White. Sergel served as Dramatic Publishing’s president until he died in 1993 at age 75 in Wilton, Conn., from heart failure.

TICKET INFORMATION

$14 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$11 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for groups of 12 or larger

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.

THE CAST

ELLA STEC
Jean Louise Finch (Scout)
 
JACKSON BIRD
Jeremy Finch (Jem)
 
DENNIS RUNKLE
Atticus Finch
 
REVA GOLDEN
Calpurnia
 
HARRIET DEVETO
Maudie Atkinson
 
LAURA NIEHAUS
Stephanie Crawford
 
MARY MYERS
Mrs. Dubose
 
BRYSON LAMBES
Arthur Radley (Boo)/Nathan Radley
 
STANLEY NIEKAMP
Charles Baker Harris (Dill)
 
ROLAND MOORE
Heck Tate
 
RUSSEL SIEGEL
Judge Taylor
 
BILL ROBERTS
Reverend Sykes
 
EMMY COHEN
Mayella Ewell
 
NEIL COHEN
Bob Ewell
 
MARK CONNEELY
Walter Cunningham
 
SCOTT K. DAVIS
Mr. Gilmer
 
JOHN STURDIVANT
Tom Robinson
 
DAVID WERTMAN
Maycomb Townsman/Clerk
 
CASEY HA
Walter Cunningham Jr.
 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JIMMIE WOODY
Director

PATTI ALDERSON
Stage Manager

LOGAN CHAPMAN
Assistant Stage Manager

APRIL HELMS and JARED SPARKS
Properties Designers

KEVIN RUTAN
Lighting Designer

KEVIN RUTAN
Sound Designer

CHELBY BENSON and DAWN SNIADAK-YAMOKOSKI
Scenic Designers

LOREN "COCO" MAYER
Costume Designer

JASEN SMITH
Costume Shop Manager

RICHARD MORRIS, JR
Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

Box Office Info

Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays—Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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