It's a banner time for To Kill a Mockingbird, which has recently received productions at venues large and small -- from Boston's Huntington Theatre to the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH.
And now To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is being staged at the George Street Playhouse in East Brunswick, NJ, where it runs through Feb. 28.
This staging is a co-production of George Street Playhouse, the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia -- where it is scheduled to run Mar. 10-Apr. 26. The director is Tom Bullard. The cast features Will Stutts and Mianna Saxton.
The popularity of the play stems from the popularity of the coming-of-age book (a favorite among Baby Boomers) -- in which Jean Louise "Scout" Finch recalls her childhood in Depression-era Alabama, where her father, Atticus, was appointed to defend a black man wrongly accused of a rape.
The 1962 film version, scripted by Horton Foote, starred Gregory Peck as Atticus (both Peck and Foote received Oscars). In addition, Robert Duvall played the pivotal role of "Boo." Incidentally, Mockingbird fever shows no signs of letting up: A different production of the play is scheduled to be performed Feb. 27-Apr. 5 at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN.
Following Mockingbird will be John Pielmeier's thriller, Voices in the Dark.
For tickets ($24-$32) to George Street Playhouse productions call (732) 246-7717.
-- By Rebecca Paller