To Kill A Mockingbird
from the novel by Harper Lee stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel
Directed by Judy Braha**
American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, explores civil rights and racism in the segregated South of the 1930s. We see the fraught trial of a black man unjustly accused of rape through the eyes of young Scout Finch, an observant and quiet girl who forms her own opinions about the heated court proceedings as her attorney father, Atticus, struggles to prove the innocence of the accused. A fresh new stage adaptation brought to life by skilled director, Judy Braha.
Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016), better known by her pen name Harper Lee, was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature.
About the Play
The timeless American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird explores civil rights and racism in the segregated South of the 1930s seen through the eyes of 10 year old Scout Finch as she watches her father, attorney Atticus Finch, strive to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape. Directed by Judy Braha, a fresh new adaptation of this Pulitzer Prize winning work runs from October 6 through October 28 at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The performance schedule will also include weekday matinees for student groups and shared interest groups.
Judy Braha (director) has been a director, teacher, actor, and arts advocate in New England for over three decades. Head of the MFA Directing program at Boston University School of Theatre for over ten years and faculty member in the BFA Acting program for over twenty, she most recently collaborated extensively with the BU Prison Education program as a guest artist in André de Quadros’ groundbreaking class, Empowering Song, and created the BU College of Fine Arts Collaborative Arts Incubator with de Quadros and Jeannette Guillemin. Braha’s teaching and guest artist credits also include Brandeis University, Emerson College, Yale University International Conference in Choral Conducting, Mount Holyoke College, M.I.T., Northeastern, Wheaton College, Trinity Rep. Conservatory, Suffolk University, and the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute. Professionally, she directed regionally at many theaters including Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Boston Center for American Performance, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Nora Theatre Company. As a founding member of The New Ehrlich Theater, Braha directed many award winning productions including Bent, The Fifth of July, and The House of Blue Leaves, paving the way for the theater renaissance in Boston’s South End. Most recently, Ms. Braha directed Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight for the Nora Theatre Company, Our Class and The Road to Mecca for BCAP, Othello for ASP, Water By The Spoonful for BU/ SOT, and Joyce Van Dyke’s new plays Deported/ a dream play and The Oil Thief for Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. The Oil Thief won an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Play in 2009 as well as Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonite winning Lee Mikeska Gardener a Norton for Outstanding Actress in 2015. Ms. Braha’s upcoming projects include: Golda’s Balcony for the New Repertory Theatre and I Am Lear, a devised piece for ASP. Braha continues to be a proud member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and, of course, Stage Source where she sat on the Board of Directors for its first six years.
“Here is a storyteller justifying the novel as a form that transcends time and place. … Miss Lee’s original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel by a fresh writer with something significant to say, South and North.”
–Herbert Mitgang 1960 Review in the New York Times
“Clearly, Scout Finch is no ordinary five-year-old girl—and not only because she amuses herself by reading the financial columns of the Mobile Register, but because her nine-year-old brother Jem allows her to tag along when he and Dill Harris try to make Boo Radley come out.”
–Original Review of “To Kill A Mockingbird” in Time Magazine
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
** Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The performance schedule will also include weekday matinees for student groups and shared interest groups.