Christopher Sergel's dramatization of the beloved American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, opens Oct. 2 at historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, following previews that began Sept. 27.
Novelist Lee's study of compassion, racism and coming of age in the South in 1935 is directed by Timothy Childs, who recently helmed Ford's Inherit the Wind. Robert Emmet Lunney plays heroic lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast also includes David Aron Damane (as Tom Robinson), Rita Glynn (Scout), Gregory Droggitis (Jem) and Wayne Jordan (Judge).
Designers are Douglas Huszti (set), Rick Martin (lighting) and David Zyla (costume).
Performances continue to Nov. 18. Tickets to Ford's productions, at 511 Tenth Street, NW, in DC, are $27-$43. For information, call (202) 347-4833 or visit the website at www.fordstheatre.org.
* To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol and I'm Not Rappaport, in 2001-2002, are 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 varied performances and events are seen at the venue throughout the year.
— By Kenneth Jones