TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD to Open 9/26 at Virginia Rep
Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, September 27 with a Preview on Thursday, September 26. The show runs through October 20, 2013. Long recognized as one of the most influential works of fiction on the criminal justice system, To Kill a Mockingbird and the role of Atticus Finch have impacted lawyers for decades. In recognition of this legacy, Virginia Rep will partner with Leadership Metro Richmond and its members from the legal community to support student matinees for middle and high school students. LMR members from the legal community will facilitate talkbacks with the cast after student matinees and three Friday evening performances. The Honorable Cleo E. Powell, Supreme Court Justice of Virginia, the Honorable Catherine Hammond, Chief Judge of the Henrico Circuit Court, and Kimberly C. MacLeod from Hunton & Williams are among those addressing students.
Virginia Rep will welcome back Adrian Rieder as Atticus Finch. He was most recently seen in Virginia Rep's Hay Fever and Scorched Earth and in Death of a Salesman at Firehouse Theatre Project. His TV credits include All My Children, Sex in the City and Law and Order.
Laine Satterfield will play Maudie Atkinson. Recent credits include Gidion's Knot, produced by Carol Piersol, In the Next Room, (or the Vibrator Play) for Cadence Theatre Company, Boston Marriage (Stella di Domani Festival), and The Little Dog Laughed for Virginia Rep.
The Honorable Roger Gregory, federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will reprise his role as Reverend Sykes. He was in Virginia Rep's last production of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2003. Other credits include Jim Bono in Sycamore Rouge Theatre's Fences and two films: a documentary, The Turning Point: Brown v. Board of Education in which he portrayed Thurgood Marshall and an independent film, Speak Now. Joining him is Gordon Bass who is reprising his role as Heck Tate from the 2003 production.
Virginia Rep is delighted to introduce Molly Nugent as Scout and Nick Dauley as Jem. Molly is in the fifth grade at River's Edge Elementary in Glen Allen. CYT credits include The Little Mermaid (Flounder), Honk (a duckling), Beauty and the Beast (sugarbowl), and Annie (orphan). Nick Dauley is a freshman at Thomas Dale's Specialty Center for the Arts and a member of HATTheatre's HATTBox Players. He was recently seen as Georgie in HATTheatre's Over The Tavern. Also new to Virginia Rep is Henry Boyle as
Dill, a rising seventh grader. In 2011, he performed in SPARC's 30th Anniversary Gala at the Carpenter Theatre and played Sonny in Firehouse Theatre's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Set Designer Ron Keller is Head of Design and resident scenic designer for Theatre VCU. His most recent credits with Virginia Rep include Scorched Earth, Guys and Dolls (RTCC Award for Best Set Design) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (RTCC Award for Best Set Design). Lynne M. Hartman, light designer, is also known for her work at Virginia Rep. Credits include RED, Hay Fever, The Magic Flute, The Sound of Music (RTCC Award) and Spring Awakening (RTCC nominated).
Elizabeth Weiss Hopper is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre at the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as costume designer for 32 years. Professionally she has designed costumes for over 250 productions in theatre, dance and opera including the Company of Fools, Hailey, Idaho; Theatre VCU, Virginia Rep, The Production Company, University of Richmond, James River Chamber Opera, Richmond Shakespeare, Cadence Theatre and the Confederation Center of the Arts, Canada. Virginia Rep credits include Quilters, The Full Monty, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Hamlet, The Dead, 1940's Radio Hour, and The Trip to Bountiful.
Student Matinees and Talk on Tap Conversations
Middle and high school matinees will take place on October 3, 4, 10, 17, and 18 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $14. Shows include talkback with LMR member from the legal community and the cast. Talk on Tap conversations will take place after public Friday evening performances on October 4, 11, and 18.