Since its publication in 1960, Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has won the Pulitzer Prize, has been made into a classic film, has sold more than 45 million copies and has never been out of print, is the second best-selling book in the world (after the Bible), has been translated into 40 languages, and has remained one of the most influential and beloved books of modern American literature. And yet the story has never come to Broadway – until now. The brilliant writer, Aaron Sorkin (Academy Award winner for The Social Network and multiple Emmy Award winner for “The West Wing”), has adapted the book into a new play, working hand-in-hand with Tony-winning director, Bartlett Sher.
The enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most beloved and admired characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Jeff Daniels). The unforgettable cast of players includes Atticus’s daughter Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger), her brother Jem (Will Pullen), their visiting friend Dill (Gideon Glick), and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. The other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama will be brought to life on stage by LaTanya Richardson Jackson (as the Finch’s housekeeper, Calpurnia), Dakin Matthews (as Judge Taylor), Stark Sands (playing prosecutor Horace Gilmer), Fred Weller and Erin Wilhelmi (as Bob Ewell and his daughter Mayella Ewell), and Gbenga Akinnagbe (playing Tom Robinson).
Written during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement — at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in many Southern states — TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD holds up a mirror to the ingrained culture of racism in the Deep South. Almost sixty years later the story still resonates deeply.