Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion and the courage to do what is right.
NotesDue to the current Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, this title is highly restricted. Rights may not be readily available in your area.
No cutting or changes are permitted for this title.
In this version, Scout is a young girl, and Miss Maudie is the narrator.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code T34000
- Cast Size 17
- Min. Royalty Rate $105/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 125 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871290861
- "Timeless and very relevant today. Resulted in the best house attendance for fall plays we've had in a while!"
- Review by James Cox, St. Peters School, Mansfield, Ohio
- "This was a lovey adaptation of the novel. It's a moving and engaging ensemble show. I highly recommend it and hope to include it our season again in the future."
- Review by Leena Devlin, Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, Pa.
- "Sergel has done a masterful script of the novel -- a strong Atticus, energetic children and a nice variety of supporting characters make for a delightful production."
- Review by Peter Jensen, Get Out of the House Players, St. Cloud, MN
- "Excellent adaptation -- very true to novel. Easily produced."
- Review by Wayne Marek, Eau Claire Children's Theater, Eau Claire, WI
- "A powerful drama with wonderful acting opportunities."
- Review by Paul Palmore, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI
- "The Mockingbird script captured the humor and pathos of Harper Lee's novel while offering opportunities for theatricality in the performance. The cast was challenged by the heartfelt characterizations and the crew by the set and lighting opportunities."
- Review by David Helmstetter, North High School, Phoenix, AZ
- "A wonderful, warm, poignant story. You pulled the best sentiments of the novel into a two-hour story. I loved it."
- Review by Barb Dignon, Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
- "To Kill a Mockingbird has been a great success, more so than we expected. Every performance has been sold out! This is a show everyone needs to see more than once. It teaches some wonderful lessons. Our actor who plays Tom Robinson said, "Everyone needs to see this show and be offended over and over again. It may be the only way they will learn.""
- Review by Tammy Morgan, Hale Centre Theatre, West Valley City, Utah
- "Wow! I had strong misgivings about producing this show. We wondered how it would be received in rural Alabama in 2006. We sold out every performance and had to add an extra matinee (which sold out in one day)."
- Review by Bill Nixon, New Horizon Community Theatre, Lafayette, Ala.
- "This ranks as the favorite book and/or movie of such a large number of people that the buzz started as soon as the title was announced as part of our season. Our cast members who are accustomed to comic roles delighted in the chance to show their serious side. It was a joy from first rehearsal to final curtain."
- Review by Ron Hayes, Okeechobee Community Theatre, Okeechobee, Fla.
- "This was by far the best show we have done. The characters were well thought out and the writing and scene changes clear and easy to follow."
- Review by Helen Scott, Westminster Academy, Creve Coeur, Mo.
- "A moving adaptation of Harper Lee's award-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird will have audiences riveted. This stage adaptation is suffused with just the right amount of humor without robbing the audience of the pathos of the subject matter."
- Review by Robert A. Stuart, Young Actors Theatre, Tallahassee, Fla.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Encourage actors to improv their moves after basic blocking - adds to the realism."
- Tip by James Cox, St. Peters School, Mansfield, Ohio
- "We were able to wrap some meaningful community discussions around this production and it's also an excellent show to advertise to high schools to come and see as this book is on the curriculum of most high schools."
- Tip by Leena Devlin, Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, Pa.
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