Modine will play lawyer Atticus Finch in the Hartford production, which begins performances Feb. 19 and runs through April 4. Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson will stage the classic drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel. Joining Modine onstage will be Devon Abner (Dividing the Estate), James DeMarse (Dividing the Estate), Hallie Foote (Dividing the Estate), Jennifer Harmon (The Voysey Inheritance), Nafe Katter (Our Town), Doug Lyons and Olivia Scott.
Complete casting and creative duties will be announced shortly.
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.