To Kill a Mockingbird

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October 6 – 28

To Kill A Mockingbird

from the novel by Harper Lee
Stage Adaptation by Christopher Sergel
Directed by Judy Braha°

This production features special 10am matinees to accommodate school groups. Contact the Box Office 978-281.4433 or boxoffice@gloucesterstage.com for details and discounted school group ticket pricing

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, the trial of a black man unjustly accused of rape plays out. Scout is an observant, 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. The stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel is brought to life by skilled director Judy Braha.

MAKING THEATER SERIES
TBD

TALKBACKS
Sunday, Oct 15 & Oct 22 immediately following the 2pm matinee
While tickets to talkbacks are not required, seating is limited and preference will be given to those who have purchased tickets to the preceding performance

atticus and scout newspaper

Amanda Collins

Amanda Collins* (Jean Louise Finch) 
Previously at GSC: The Totalitarians, Out Of Sterno (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress), This Is Our Youth, 9 Circles, The Woman In Black. She has worked with many Boston area theaters including Boston Playwrights’, Wheelock Family Theater, Underground Railway, Nora Theatre Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), Cape Rep, Publick Theatre Boston, Orfeo Group, Commonwealth Shakespeare, New Rep, and The Modern Theatre. She has also worked with The Outfit in NYC and Philadelphia, American Stage in Florida, and was a founding member of the Harbor Stage Company. Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot) Film: Sea of Trees. Amanda is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.


Nathaniel Oaks

Nathaniel Oaks (Jem)
Nate is thrilled to be making his professional debut at Gloucester Stage Company. Other community theater credits include Rooster in Annie and the Genie in Aladdin (the Hamilton Wenham Community House). Born and raised in New York City, Nate discovered a love for acting after appearing in a Gloucester Education Foundation supported production of Robin Hood. He went on to enroll in the Youth Acting Workshop at Gloucester Stage where he has remained an active member. He’s especially grateful to Heidi J Dallin for all the support and guidance she’s provided along the way.


Carly Williams

Carly Williams (Scout)
Carly Williams  is excited to be making her Gloucester Stage Co. debut!  Regional credits include Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof (New Rep), Ballet Girl in Billy Elliot (Ocean State), Fern u/s/Ensemble in Charlotte’s Web (Wheelock), Young Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad (Wheelock) and Young Cosette in Les Miserables (NSMT). She has also performed in numerous productions at the Capachione School of Performing Arts. Special thanks to the GSC team, Michael Dunn (Broadway Kids Auditions) and Douglas Jabara. Love to Mom, Dad, and her three brothers.


Thomas Grenon

Thomas Grenon (Walter Cunningham)
Tom is pleased to be making his debut at Gloucester Stage Company with this play.  In Boston he has appeared with Actors’ Shakespeare Project in The Tempest, Othello and Measure for Measure, Bridge Repertory in Mrs. Packard, Zeitgeist Stage Company in A Great Wilderness and Bent, Hub Theatre Company in Loot and Artists’ Theatre of Boston in Daughter of Venus. He has also appeared in ART with Arts After Hours in Lynn. He is the Director of Education for The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. He produced and directed 8 The Play, the fight for Marriage Equality for Broadway Impact. Tom holds a degree in Theatre from Westfield State University and attended the two-year actor-training program at The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City.


Lewis D. Wheeler*

Lewis D. Wheeler* (Atticus Finch)
Lewis is delighted to return to GSC where he appeared in The Totalitarians, Gloucester Blue, Doubt: A Parable, An Ideal Husband, and directed Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. Regional credits: No Man’s Land (IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor, American Repertory Theater); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Ideation, Muckrakers (New Repertory Theatre); Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage Company); five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Also American Stage (St. Pete), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Stoneham Theatre, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Cape Rep, Shakespeare Now, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. He next appears in Shakespeare in Love at SpeakEasy Stage. Film and television credits include Manchester by the Sea, Live by Night, Black Mass, The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, Hatfields & McCoys. Lewis earned his BA in Theatre and Film Studies at Cornell University and his MFA from the American Film Institute. Member of Actors’ Equity since 2004.


Jackie Davis

Jackie Davis* (Calpurnia)
Jackie previously appeared at Gloucester Stage Company in Wind in the Willows  and Living Room in Africa. She was last seen in Wellfleet in WHAT’s production of Empaths. Other credits include: Lyric Stage: Barbecue, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Speakeasy Stage: Bootycandy, Caroline or Change (choreographer); Wheelock Family Theatre: Akeelah and the Bee, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory; New Repertory Theatre: The Crucible; Cape Cod Repertory Theatre: Bottom of the Sky; Providence Black Repertory Theatre: The Bluest Eye, Bug, and The Etymology of Bird. Directing credits include: HairsprayThe Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Gift of an Orange, and most recently, Cosmic Christmas.  Jackie is the founding artistic director of New Urban Theatre Laboratory, the producers of The Annual Five & Dime.   Jackie is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.


Teresa Langford

Teresa Langford (Mrs. Dubose)
Teresa is very excited to make her Gloucester Stage debut! Off-Broadway credits include Dave Malloy and Jason Craig’s Beardo(Pipeline Theatre Company). She also appeared in Martyr’d Signs (Hudson Shakespeare Company), You Belong to the City(Manhattan Rep), (i heard) Anna Karenina (wanks w/a toothbrush) (The Tank), and in the indie feature film Conundrum! Teresa has trained at the Barrow Group Theatre (1-Year Apprentice), LAMDA, and is a proud graduate of Boston University’s BFA Acting program. www.teresalangford.com.


Gabriel Magee (Dill)


Cliff Blake (Mr. Radley)


Thomas Grenon

Tom Grenon (Judge Taylor)
Tom is pleased to be making his debut at Gloucester Stage Company with this play.  In Boston he has appeared with Actors’ Shakespeare Project in The Tempest, Othello and Measure for Measure, Bridge Repertory in Mrs. Packard, Zeitgeist Stage Company in A Great Wilderness and Bent, Hub Theatre Company in Loot and Artists’ Theatre of Boston in Daughter of Venus. He has also appeared in ART with Arts After Hours in Lynn. He is the Director of Education for The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. He produced and directed 8 The Play, the fight for Marriage Equality for Broadway Impact. Tom holds a degree in Theatre from Westfield State University and attended the two-year actor-training program at The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City.


Steve Barkhimer* (Heck Tate)


Cliff Blake (Bob Ewell)


Stewart Evan Smith (Rev. Sykes)


Mark Soucy (Mr. Gilmer)


Teresa Langford (Mayella Ewell)


Aaron Dowdy

Aaron Dowdy (Tom Robinson)
Coming from his home in Atlanta, Georgia Aaron Dowdy is honored to be playing Tom Robinson in Gloucester Stage Company’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD! He is a recent graduate of Boston University where he received his acting BFA. While at BU Aaron was fortunate enough to play a variety of roles, some of which include: Don Pedro in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Chutes&Ladders in WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, BabbyBobby in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, Boy in A TASTE OF HONEY, and several others. This will be Aaron’s second professional acting credit, coming behind Aaron’s role in the ensemble of CompanyOne’s COLOSSAL. Aaron would like to thank his family and friends for the constant laughs and support, GSC for trusting him with this incredible role, and you for seeing the show. For any additional information and to see what Aaron has coming up please visit www.aaron-dowdy.com. Enjoy!


Mark Soucy (Boo Radley)

Nelle Harper Lee (Novelist)
Nelle Harper Lee, 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.


Judy Braha

Judy Braha° (Director)
Judy Braha 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)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE (USA)

Evening performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, October 6 through 24, and Saturday, October 28. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 2pm throughout the show. Special 10am matinees will take place Wednesday & Thursday October 11 through 19, Tuesday October 24 and Friday October 27.

The Memory of Water
Written by Shelagh Stephenson and directed by Jennie Israel
Tues, Sept. 12, 7:30pm
FREE no reservation required