To Kill a Mockingbird, With Ira David Wood III, Begins at Casa Mañana Sept. 24

News   To Kill a Mockingbird, With Ira David Wood III, Begins at Casa Mañana Sept. 24
The Dallas Theater Center-Casa Mañana Theatre co-production of To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Ira David Wood III as Atticus Finch, begins performances Sept. 24 in Ft. Worth, TX.

Ira David Wood III
Ira David Wood III

Director Wendy Dann, who co-authored the musical Sammy & Me, helms the stage adaptation of Harper Lee's American classic, which marks the first-ever collaboration between the two historic Dallas-area regional theatres.

Due to prior scheduling commitments, Wood will only appear in the Casa Mañana engagement. Casting for the role of Atticus Finch at DTC will be announced shortly.

To Kill a Mockingbird first plays Casa Mañana in Ft. Worth, TX, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, and then arrives at DTC's AT&T Performing Arts Center Oct. 21-Nov. 20.

"I've spent most of my adult life coming to terms with the inequalities based on race and class in America," Dann said in a statement. "This story of a young girl who comes face to face with the fears and prejudices of the adult world and discovers her own ability to do good in the world hits pretty close to home for me. I recently started carrying around a copy of the novel and, upon seeing the book in my hands, many people respond that it’s 'their book.' They have an intensely personal connection to the story."

Regional theatre veteran Wood leads the cast as trial lawyer Finch alongside young actress Morgan Richards as Scout, Matthew Gray (Dividing the Estate) as Heck Tate, Sally Nystuen Vahle (Cabaret) as Miss Maudie, Akin Babatunde (Dividing the Estate) as Reverend Sykes, Bob Hess as Mr. Gilmer (It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman), Dawson Holder as Walter (It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman), Aiden Langford (A Christmas Carol) as Dill, Denis Lee (The Wiz) as Calpurnia, Bob Reed as Doctor/Clerk (A Christmas Carol), Pam Daugherty as Mrs. Dubose, Greg Dulcie as Judge/Cunningham, James Dybas as Bob Ewell, Anastasia Munoz as Mayella, David Allen Norton as Jem, Van Quattro as Boo Radley, Bob Reed as Doctor/Clerk and Akron Watson as Tom Robinson. To Kill a Mockingbird has costume design by Jennifer Ables, lighting design by Brian Bembridge, scenic design by Donna Marquet and sound design and music by Sarah Pickett.

The play, according to DTC, "tells two stories set in a small southern town. One of the stories follows attorney Atticus Finch and his defense of a wrongly accused man. The other follows his bright, young daughter, Scout, as she learns the realities of irrational hatred and discovers her own goodness."

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