Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and brother, Jem, are being raised by their widower father, Atticus, and by their strong-minded housekeeper named 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. Set in 1935, this play illustrates the social issues of this time period as the black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout's father. In her youthful innocence, she does not 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 lawyer, explains that he is defending a young negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he is doing it. "Because if I didn't," her father replies, "I couldn't hold my head up." When she asks why Atticus would take on such a hopeless fight, he replies, "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 bitter, leading up to drastic measures as Atticus props himself in a chair against the cell door of the man he's defending to confront 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 dramatization of the touching classic tale is a meaningful work of art.
NotesIn this verison, Scout appears as an adult to narrate the story.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code T91000
- Cast Size 20
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871299208
- "We loved bringing this beloved show to life for our community, especially with the correlation of the topics explored in the show in relation to modern day issues in our society. Our cast and crew worked very hard to bring make the audience feel the relevance of the show, both from a historical standpoint and the relation to the racism and other issues in today's society. "
- Review by Nicole Raber, Actors Giuld of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, W.Va.
- "Outstanding theatre! Although it tells the story of a black man unjustly found guilty of assaulting a white woman, the theme is much broader than racial injustice; it addresses the much broader issue of pre-judgments based on appearances rather than facts and the unfortunate consequences which can result from a failure to "walk around in another man's skin for a while."
- Review by Gilbert Bazil, Community Theatre of Howell, Howell, MI
- "Excellent high school play with the energy and intensity to excite every audience!"
- Review by Katie McCurdy, Kennedy High School, Seattle, WA
- "This is a great play for high school students. Not only do they know and love the book, but Mockingbird deals with a subject the students feel passionate about. That passion definitely shows on stage!"
- Review by Ashley Bugg, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, Tenn.
- "Mockingbird was the most attended play we've had in over a decade. People were thrilled, young and old, to see it on our season. Hundreds of middle- and high-school students sat quietly for two hours listening to the magic of Lee's words!"
- Review by Jeff Haney, Robidoux Resident Theatre, St. Joseph, Mo.
- "Few plays have had as dramatic an impact upon my cast or me as To Kill a Mockingbird. I rate it on the same level as Anne Frank and Me and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. We all grew in many ways as we learned to tell this timeless and so important story."
- Review by Page McCloud, Batavia High School, Batavia, Ill.
- "We regard this masterful stage adaptation to be one of the most meaningful, insightful and moving theater experiences ever to grace our stage. Faithful to the beloved novel, the production riveted capacity audiences and never failed to receive appreciative standing ovations."
- Review by Wayne Scott, Lifehouse Theatre, Redlands, Calif.
- "I think the play is beautifully written, making all the salient points of Harper Lee's novel in a short, two-act play. It is a wonderful vehicle for actors, young and old, providing opportunities to shine with just a few lines."
- Review by Keith Lindersmith, Visalia Community Players, Visalia, Calif.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "One thing that others might find helpful when producing the show is thinking outside the box to set the tone of the performance. The director had the idea to hang pictures along one wall of our auditorium. These were 8x10 prints of black and white photos from the Jim Crow era of segregation. Many of the photos would have been dated after the time period of the show, but were still relevant to set the mood of the era. Our audiences had the opportunity to look at these photos before the show, during intermission, and after the show. It was wonderful to watch the audience pay such close attention to the photos, the older members sharing their memories and experiences or explaining to younger audience members what the photos showed. "
- Tip by Nicole Raber, Actors Giuld of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, W.Va.
- "Don't be locked in by staging or blocking. Sight lines can be tough so feel free to angle or stagger sets and/or actors."
- Tip by Mike Nelson, Rantoul Theatre Group, Rantoul, Ill.
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