To Kill a Mockingbird



To Kill a Mockingbird

by
Christopher Sergel
based upon the novel by
Harper Lee

Directed by
Susanna Ritti
Costume Designer
Edna Rentschler
Sound Designer
Michael Blake
Stage Manager
Diana Ingersoll-Cope
Lighting Designer
Susan L. Polay
Apprentice Coordinator
Kathi Lunardi
Assistant Stage Manager
Kathleen Murphy

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

ABOUT THE PLAY

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 number 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

 

Performed Jul 23-26, 29-31, Aug 1-2, 2008

SETTING
Time: 1935
Place: Maycomb, Alabama

CAST

Jean Louis Finch (Scout)…………………… Sarah Seybert
Jeremy Finch (Jem)…………………………. Nick Christie
Atticus Finch………………………………….. Kevin Murphy
Calpurnia………………………………………. Alicia Casey
Maudie Atkinson……………………………… Rhiannon McClintock
Stephanie Crawford…………………………. Stephanie j. Gates
Mrs. DuBose…………………………………….Bonny Farmer
Arthur Radley (Boo)…………………………. Mark Farmer
Charles Baker Harris (Dill)…………………. Benjamin Schiffer
Sheriff Heck Tate…………………………….. Eric J. Ziegler
Judge Taylor…………………………………… David Price
Reverend Sykes………………………………. Amir Abdullah
Mayella Ewell……………………………………Amy Hobbs
Bob Ewell………………………………………. George Baumer
Walter Cunningham…………………………. Joe Krabill
Mr. Gilmer……………………………………… Christopher M. Brannen
Tom Robinson………………………………… Anthony Russell
Parishioners…………………………………… Tara Blassingame, Gail Gwynn