Casting Now Complete for Hartford's Mockingbird with Matthew Modine

News   Casting Now Complete for Hartford's Mockingbird with Matthew Modine Additional casting has been announced for the Hartford Stage production of Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, starring stage and screen actor Matthew Modine.
Pat Bowie
Pat Bowie

As previously reported, Emmy nominee Modine will portray Atticus Finch in the Michael Wilson-directed production that begins performances Feb. 19 and runs through April 4.

Joining Modine are recent Dividing the Estate cast members Pat Bowie (Calpurnia), Hallie Foote (Maudie Atkinson), Devon Abner (Arthur Boo Radley) and James DeMarse (Sherriff Heck Tate/Walter Cunningham). (The just-ended Broadway production of Dividing the Estate will arrive in Hartford later this season.)

The cast of Mockingbird will also feature Olivia Scott (Scout), Henry Hodges (Jem), Jennifer Harmon (Stephanie Crawford/ Mrs. Dubose), Nafe Katter (Mr. Nathan Radley), Andrew Shipman (Dill), Nafe Katter (Judge Taylor), Charles Turner (Reverend Sykes), Virginia Kull (Mayella Ewell), Mike Boland (Bob Ewell), Devon Abner (Mr. Gilmer), Doug Lyons (Tom Robinson) and Daralyn Jay (Helen Robinson).

The townspeople of the Southern-set work will be portrayed by C. Zakiah Barksdale, William A. Thomas, Tom Libonate, Deirdre Garrett, Rob Pawlikowski, Justin FullerConnor Fitzgerald, Larkin Meehan, Jordan Cyr and Jacob Entenman.

The role of the adult Jean Louise Finch remains to be cast. Mockingbird will have designs by Jeff Cowie (set design), David C. Wollard (costume design), Rui Rita (lighting design) and John Gromada (sound design).

According to press notes, "To Kill a Mockingbird is a tender portrait of a southern town, brimming with powerful lessons of tolerance, justice and quiet heroism. Scout and Jem are growing up in the Deep South during the 1930s depression. Their idyllic childhood is jolted with the realization that prejudice and bigotry rule in their small town when their father, a lawyer of principle and integrity, is asked to defend a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman."

Matthew Modine most recently appeared on the London stage in the Robert Altman production of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues. He earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his work in 1993's "And the Band Played On." His extensive screen credits include "Weeds," "The Bedbord Diaries," "Le Divorce," "Private School," "Streamers," "The Hotel New Hampshire," "Full Metal Jacket," "Orphans," "Gross Anatomy," "Pacific Heights," "Wind," "Short Cuts," "Jacob," "Bye Bye, Love," "Fluke," "Any Given Sunday," "Flowers for Algernon," "Nobody's Baby," "In the Shadows" and "The Shipment" and "Hitler: The Rise of Evil."

Hartford Stage is located at 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT. Tickets for current shows are available by calling (860) 527-5151. For more information visit www.hartfordstage.org.

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