Cohenour Begins Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Sept. 14 in Seattle

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14 Sep 2007

Seattle's Intiman Theatre begins its production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Sept. 14 featuring Broadway actress Patti Cohenour.



The drama will officially open Sept. 19 for a run originally slated through Oct. 28. (An extension through Nov. 3 was recently announced). Fracaswell Hyman directs the stage version of Lee's beloved novel, adapted by Christopher Sergel.

Patti Cohenour (The Light in the Piazza) will be featured (as Miss Maudie Atkinson) in a cast of actors and musicians that includes David Bishins (Atticus Finch), Peter Crook (Boo Radley/Mr. Gilmer), David Drummond (Heck Tate), Stephen Grenley (Judge Taylor/Walter Cunningham), William Hall Jr. (Reverend Sykes), Russell Hodgkinson (Bob Ewell), Josephine Howell (Calpurnia), Lori Larsen (Miss Stephanie Crawford), Lino Marioni (Dill), Liz Morton (Mayella Ewell), Sean Phillips (Tom Robinson), Nick Robinson (Jem Finch), Walayn Sharples (Mrs. Dubose) and Keaton Whittaker (Scout Finch).

Mockingbird is the Intiman's fourth production in its five-year American Cycle series. The other works in the series, seen in previous years, include Our Town, The Grapes of Wrath and Native Son. Next season, the program will conclude with a stage adaptation of All the King's Men.

To Kill a Mockingbird, according to press notes, "is set in the Depression-era Maycomb, Alabama, where Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, a lawyer. The central event of [this] adaptation is Atticus Finch's defense of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. As seen through Scout's eyes, Harper Lee's classic story tells deep truths of life in the Deep South, and evokes Maycomb's community of eccentric and mysterious neighbors, including the reclusive Boo Radley."

The design team includes Alec Hammond (scenic), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume), Greg Sullivan (lighting) and Joseph Swartz (sound). Grant Dermody serves as composer and music coach. Geoffrey Alm provides fight direction. The dialect coach is Judith Shahn.

The Intiman Playhouse is located at 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Tickets are available by visiting www.intiman.org or by calling (206) 269-1900.