Historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, will present To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol and the Daniel Sullivan-directed I'm Not Rappaport in its 2001-2002 season.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Sept. 27-Nov. 18) is novelist Harper Lee's study of compassion, racism and coming of age in the South in 1935, dramatized by Christopher Sergel. Robert Emmet Lunney will play heroic lawyer Atticus Finch. Timothy Childs (Ford's Inherit the Wind) directs a cast that also includes David Aron Damane (as Tom Robinson), Rita Glynn (Scout) and Jeffery Ward (Jem).
David H. Bell's adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Nov. 24-Dec. 30) continues a yule tradition at the theatre.
Judd Hirsch repeats his Tony Award-winning role of Nat, the prickly old liberal, in Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport (Jan. 23-Feb. 17, 2002) directed by Daniel Sullivan (Proof). The staging is a co-production between Ford's and Paper Mill Playhouse and Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami.
Tickets to Ford's productions are $27-$43. For information, call (202) 347-4833 or visit the website at www.fordstheatre.org. *
The trio of works is part of the nonprofit Ford's Theatre Society's mission to present "musicals and plays that underscore our country's multiculturalism and illuminate the eclectic character of American life." Frankie Hewitt is founder and producing artistic director of Ford's Theatre Society. Other performances and events are seen at the venue throughout the year.
— By Kenneth Jones