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.
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In this version, Scout appears as an adult to narrate the story.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code T91000
- Cast Size 20
- Min. Royalty Rate $115/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871299208
- "Our audiences loved it! After opening weekend, we sold out the entire run. It was the perfect opener to our 2019-20 season. We also partnered with the Black Cultural Center from Purdue University and had them lead a talk-back after our second Sunday matinee. It was a well attended and enthusiastic discussion."
- Review by Rachel Lopez, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, Ind.
- "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, Mich.
- "Excellent high school play with the energy and intensity to excite every audience!"
- Review by Katie McCurdy, Kennedy High School, Seattle, Wash.
- "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
- "Make sure you get a dialect coach for the actors so they sound authentic to Alabama."
- Tip by Rachel Lopez, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, Ind.
- "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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