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On Stage: Harper Lee's “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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The unforgettable characters and events from Harper Lee’s beloved novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” come to vibrant life in a powerful and moving drama performed by UD’s Resident Ensemble Players March 2–20. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergei and directed by the REP’s Sanford Robbins, “Mockingbird” shows young Scout, Jem and Dill discovering compassion for their mysterious and misunderstood neighbor Boo Radley as their idyllic childhood is shattered by prejudice, bigotry and violence. When their widowed father Atticus Finch, a lawyer of courage and integrity, is asked to defend a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in Depression-era Alabama, the children also learn much about their larger-than-life father.

The story, told through the eyes of a child, presents both social injustice and compassionate heroism in situations that resonate powerfully in today’s headlines. Note: Lee’s novel includes accurate and frank use of the racially-charged language of the time period. This use of language remains in this adaptation as an honest depiction of bigotry and racial injustice. “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission, at Thompson Theatre in the Roselle Center for the Arts. www.Delawarerep.com. More info here.

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