To Kill a Mockingbird

by Christopher Sergel
Based on the novel by Harper Lee

Jul 23-26, 29-31, Aug 1-2, 2008
The Boal Barn Playhouse

Production Staff

DirectorSusanna Ritti
Lighting DesignerSusan L. Polay
Sound DesignerMichael Blake
Costume DesignerEdna Rentschler
Stage ManagerDiana Ingersoll-Cope
Assistant Stage ManagerKathleen Murphy
Apprentice CoordinatorKathi Lunardi

About the Show

To Kill A Mockingbird

What you are about to see is a dramatized version of the Harper Lee novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The novel was published in 1960 with a first edition of a mere five thousand copies. In 1961 the novel rocketed to the top of the bestseller list and won the Pulitzer Prize. Since then, sales of the novel numbered in the tens of millions, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” has become one of the most read and most influential books in America-rated by one survey as second only to the Bible.

It has been suggested that the core of the novel’s story is both a depiction of a way of life and of a passage from innocence into experience and then back toward innocence. “Lee captured something that everyone thirsts for: to reawaken what might have been, and might somehow still be.”

In keeping with the novel, the play is set in Maycomb, Alabama in 1935. The script maintains the primary themes of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. As well, the script also addresses the novel’s issues of class tensions, courage and compassion, gender roles in the American Deep South, and – last, but not least – it celebrates and retains the warmth and humor for which the novel is renowned.

Susanna Ritti

The Cast

Jean Louis Finch (Scout)Sarah Seybert
Jeremy Finch (Jem)Nick Christie
Atticus FinchKevin Murphy
CalpurniaAlicia Casey
Maudie AtkinsonRhiannon McClintock
Stephanie CrawfordStephanie J. Gates
Mrs. DuBoseBonny Farmer
Arthur Radley (Boo)Mark Farmer
Charles Baker Harris (Dill)Benjamin Schiffer
Sheriff Heck TateEric J. Ziegler
Judge TaylorDavid Price
Reverend SykesAmir Abdullah
Mayella EwellAmy Hobbs
Bob EwellGeorge Baumer
Walter Cunningham Joe Krabill
Mr. GilmerChristopher M. Brannen
Tom RobinsonAnthony Russell
ParishionersTara Blasingame
Gail Gwynn

Publicity Photos

Publicity Photography by
Meadow Lane Photography

Produced by special arrangement with
The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois