New Hazlett Theater
8 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
A 20th-century literary masterpiece is the subject of a noteworthy local production coming to the Northside. Honor the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Harper Lee—who passed away in February 2016—and help Prime Stage Theatre launch its 20th anniversary season when To Kill a Mockingbird takes center stage at the New Hazlett Theater.
Running November 4 through 13, To Kill a Mockingbird stars Pittsburgh native Brian Ceponis—of The West Wing and NCIS fame—as protagonist Atticus Finch, a lawyer living in the fictional town of Maycomb County, Alabama during the early 1930s.
Directed by Scott P. Calhoon and adapted by Christopher Sergel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, the production presents unique opportunities for the public to explore the book’s relevant, potent and timeless themes, such as racial inequality, class, courage and compassion.
On November 5, Prime Stage will host a 20th-anniversary Opening Night Celebration featuring a reunion of actors, directors and designers who have participated in the company’s productions over the past 20 years. The post-show festivities will also include a special guest emcee, opportunities to mingle with the play’s cast, late-night snacks and cake, and a cash bar.
Fans of American novelist Harper Lee and the renowned book won’t want to miss the special “Evening With Scout” event on November 12th, which will feature a VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a post-show discussion featuring Academy Award nominee Mary Badham, who co-starred opposite Gregory Peck in the classic 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Directed by Robert Mulligan with a screenplay by Horton Foote, the 1962 film nabbed three Academy Awards and marked the cinematic debuts of actors Robert Duvall, William Windom and Alice Ghostley.
After the show, Badham—who portrayed Atticus Finch’s memorable daughter Scout in the movie—will present a keynote speech sharing her experiences making the landmark film and her friendship with author Harper Lee. Badham will also answer questions from the audience and discuss Prime Stage’s participation in the NEA’s 2016 Big Read. Buy tickets now because seating is limited.
Founded in 1996 by educator Wayne Brinda—who continues to serve as the organization’s artistic director—Prime Stage presents a unique mix of innovative, literature-based theatrical, educational and outreach initiatives.
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