For Immediate Release
January 18, 2016
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BELOVED NOVEL TURNED LIVE-THEATRE PRODUCTION AT THE INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE
Indianapolis—Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird comes to life on the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) OneAmerica Mainstage on January 29 through February 28.
The production follows the Finch siblings as they learn about the realities of a divided world through the eyes of a much older Scout, seen narrating throughout the play.
Janet Allen, director of To Kill A Mockingbird and IRT’s Executive Artistic Director & CEO, notes that the production comes to stage once again because its message continues to deeply resonate with audiences.
Although To Kill A Mockingbird has appeared on stage three times in the last 25 years, an adaptation by Christopher Sergel paired with a talented design team infuse this production with a renewed vision.
Original music accompaniment by Tim Grimm (Heck Tate) and Christopher Walz (Arthur “Boo” Radley & Judge Taylor) weaves throughout the production by way of slide guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin.
“There was a moment in the 1930’s where Americana, Country and Gospel music had a very rich time,” said Grimm. “We’re honing in so that music becomes a character of its own.”
Set designer Bill Clarke creates iconic images, such as Boo Radley’s home and the oak tree where Scout discovers treasures. Uniquely, both set pieces are created through the eyes of children and appear much larger –or scarier—than they might actually have been.
“To Kill A Mockingbird asks us to examine the consciences and provides huge opportunities for difficult conversations to take place,” said Allen. “We hope it gives younger generations a searing and reverberating understanding of what was, because too much of it still is, while allowing older generations to re-experience something that has touched us so deeply.”
WHAT: To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel
WHERE: Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street
WHEN: January 29 – February 28
COST: Adults $25-59 & Students $20
AGE: Recommended for grades 7-12 due to strong language and mature themes
THE CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM
Ryan ArtzbergerAtticus Finch
James Solomon BennReverend Sykes
Lauren BriggemanJean Louise Finch
Shawnte GastonHelen Robinson
Charles GoadWalter Cunningham & Mr. Gilmer
Laurel GoetzingerMrs. Dubose & Stephanie Crawford
Tim GrimmHeck Tate
Paula HopkinsScout Finch
Jan LucasMaudie Atkinson
Daniela A. MartinTom Robinson
Grayson MolinJem Finch
Robert NealBob Ewell
Katherine SheltonMayella Ewell
Christopher WalzArthur (Boo) Radley & Judge Taylor
Bill ClarkeScenic Designer
Linda PisanoCostume Designer
Betsy Cooprider-BernsteinLighting Designer
Todd ReischmanSound Designer
Friday, January 29 at 7 PM
Opening Night Celebration | Join us for appetizers and a champagne toast with the cast after the production.
Saturday, January 30 @ 6 PM
Post-Show Discussion | Awkward Conversations with Malina Jeffers
Saturday, February 20
Dinner and a Show | Dinner hand-selected by The Oceanaire’s master chef and a performance of To Kill A Mockingbird is only $75 per person with our dinner and a show promotion. To book your tickets contact the ticket office at 317-635-5252.
There will be a post-show discussion after every performance
Founded in 1971, the IRT is the largest and fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.