Queens Theatre to Present Limited Engagement of Classic Stage Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Queens Theatre today announced the cast for this month's rarely seen New York City stage production of Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Directed by Rob Urbinati, To Kill A Mockingbird is playing a two-week engagement with performances beginning on Friday, November 13th and extending through Sunday, November 22.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, Christopher Sergel's faithful adaptation is the tender, compelling story of childhood in a sleepy Southern town, and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. Compassionate, dramatic and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird became an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. It later was made into a cherished Academy Award-winning film. The play and its unforgettable characters - Scout, Jem, Atticus, Calpurnia and Tom Robinson - take audiences to the roots of human behavior, to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
Shannon Harrington, who worked at the prestigious Sundance Institute's Directors Lab in Utah, and played "Susan Waverly" for two years on the National Broadway Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, plays Scout. Aidan J. Lawrence, who has performed in Parade, Robin Hood, Nutcracker Ballet, Pinocchio, Suessical, Les Miserable, Mary Poppins, and Lost in Yonkers, is Jem. And, Ezra Barnes, who has performed in the Off-Broadway productions of Breakfast With Mugabe, In White America, English Bride, Far & Wide, and Richard II, will be seen as Atticus.
The cast also includes: James Bernard (Dill); Michael Lewis (Bob Ewell); Andrew R. Cooksey (Rev. Sykes); Wolf C R (Mayella Ewell); Peter Welch (Boo Radley/Mr. Gilmer); Michael Gentile (Heck Tate/Mr. Radley); Nafeesa Monroe (Calpurnia); Elisha Lawson (Tom Robinson); Bob Jaffe (Walter Cunningham/Judge Taylor); Elizabeth Simmons (Stephanie Crawford); and, Sophie Netanel (Jean Louise Finch/Court clerk).
Additional credits: Stephen K. Dobay (Scenic Design); Sidney Shannon (Costume Design); Mark Hoffner (Production Stage Manager); Brandon Woolf (Assistant Director); Driscoll Otto (Lighting Design); Jacob Suboynik (Sound Design); Katie White (Prop Design); and Tom Rowan (Casting Director).
Managing Director Taryn Sacramone says, "To Kill a Mockingbird is a beloved novel, and the film is equally treasured, but the play is rarely seen - particularly in New York City. Now, with the release of the long-awaited "sequel" to the novel in the midst of complex events taking place in America - from the removal of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State Capitol to the ongoing debates over racial injustice - I think now is the ideal time to present this magnificent work. As with the book and film, the play has family at its core. At Queens Theatre, we aim to provide shared experiences for our extraordinarily diverse audiences, and we honor our mission when we explore these universal themes. I am truly excited to bring To Kill A Mockingbird to our stage in November."
Presented by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, performances are Friday November 13th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets - priced from $25 to $42 - are available online at www.queenstheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 718-760-0064. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Queens Theatre Box Office, Tuesday through Friday 12am to 6pm, and two hours before showtimes on weekends. (Senior discount available, $20 student rush tickets available day of, with valid i.d.).
Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.