Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strongminded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town, but, from the start, there's a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here. The black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout's father and she doesn't know why. A few of her white friends are inexplicably hostile and Scout doesn't understand this either. Unpleasant things are shouted and the bewildered girl turns to her father. Atticus, a layer, explains that he's defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he's doing it. "Because if I didn't," her father replies, "I couldn't hold my head up." When she asks why take on such a hopeless fightthe time of the play is 1935he tells her, "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason not to try." He goes on to prepare Scout for the trouble to come. "We're fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends." Things do get bitterto the point where Atticus props himself in a chair against the cell door of the man he's defending and confronts an angry mob. Horrified Scout projects herself into this confrontation, and her inconvenient presence helps bring back a little sanity. Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph. As Atticus comes out of the courthouse, the deeply moved town minister tells Scout, "Stand up. Your father's passing!" This play is a meaningful work of art and we invite you to consider it.
NotesIn this verison, Scout is a young girl, and Miss Maudie is the narrator.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code T34000
- Cast Size 17
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/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
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871290861
- "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.
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- "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.
|Windham Theatre Guild||Willimantic||Connecticut||6/1/2018||6/10/2018|
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|Dayton Playhouse Inc||Dayton||Ohio||3/8/2019||3/17/2019|
|Von Braun Center Playhouse||Huntsville||Alabama||1/18/2019||1/26/2019|
|Millbrook Playhouse - Ryan Main Stage||Mill Hall||Pennsylvania||7/20/2018||7/28/2018|
|Kavinoky Theatre At D'youville College||Buffalo||New York||3/1/2019||3/24/2019|
|Giving Tree Theater||Marion||Iowa||9/7/2018||9/23/2018|
|Sunset Theatre||Asheboro||North Carolina||11/1/2018||11/11/2018|
|Playhouse Theatre||University Park||Pennsylvania||4/5/2019||4/12/2019|
|Fairview Library Theatre||Toronto||Ontario||5/16/2019||5/25/2019|
|The Grand Theatre||Salt Lake City||Utah||3/20/2019||4/6/2019|
|THE PURPLE BOX THEATER||Friendswood||Texas||8/3/2018||8/11/2018|
|Community Theatre League||Williamsport||Pennsylvania||5/2/2019||5/12/2019|
|Jersey Arts Centre||St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands||7/19/2018||7/21/2018|
|Rutland Senior Secondary School||Kelowna||British Columbia||5/29/2018||6/1/2018|
|Cypress Creek High||Orlando||Florida||9/27/2018||9/30/2018|
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