In order to meet ticket demand, Hartford Stage originally added two additional performances of the Harper Lee classic on March 24 and 31 at 7:30 PM, both of which are nearly sold-out, as are all previously scheduled performances. The production has now extended its stay for an additional eight performances through April 12.
Mockingbird began its run Feb. 19 and was slated to close April 4. Noises Off, which was to follow Mockingbird at Hartford Stage, has been rescheduled to open on April 23.
Under the direction of Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson, Mockingbird has broken box-office records, banking the largest advance sale of any show at Hartford Stage and becoming the best-selling show in the history of the Connecticut theatre company.
The cast of Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird includes Matthew Modine (Atticus Finch), Devon Abner (Arthur Boo Radley), Hallie Foote (adult Jean Louise Finch), Olivia Scott (Scout), Henry Hodges (Jem), Pat Bowie (Calpurnia), Jennifer Harmon (MaudieAtkinson/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), Daralyn Jay (Helen Robinson) and James DeMarse (Sherriff Heck Tate/Walter Cunningham).
The townspeople of the Southern-set work are portrayed by C. Zakiah Barksdale, William A. Thomas, Tom Libonate, Deirdre Garrett, Rob Pawlikowski, Justin FullerConnor Fitzgerald, Larkin Meehan, Jordan Cyr, Jacob Entenman, Peter G. Garrity, Joshua Jackson and Rodney D. Edwards. Mockingbird has 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."
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.