October 6 – 27
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. Learn More.
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.
Run Time: 2 hrs 15 mins (including intermission)
MAKING THEATER SERIES
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
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 (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 (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 (Walter Cunningham & 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.
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.
Cheryl Singleton* (Calpurnia)
Cheryl D. Singleton* is thankful and excited to be working at Gloucester Stage. A native of Brooklyn NY, she has been performing both scripted and improvised work in Boston for almost 20 years. Area credits include Billy Elliot the musical (Wheelock Family Theatre), Intimate Apparel (IRNE nomination, Lyric Stage Co.), Absence (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Dollhouse, Rent and Passing Strange (New Rep), The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare), The Seagull (a.r.t.), The Superheroine Monologues
(Phoenix/Company One), Sonia Flew (u/s, Huntington Theatre Co.) and productions with Zeitgeist Stage, Gold Dust Orphans, Queer Soup, Comedie du Jour and ImprovBoston, among others. Cheryl was a member of the Loaves and Fish Theater Company and Theatre Matrix, both in NY, and performed at the Frank Silveras Workshop. She has also had the pleasure to perform at the YesAnd festival in NY, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Toronto Improv Festival, the NY Fringe Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival. A proud member of AEA and StageSource, Cheryl also serves on three arts boards in the Boston community.
Teresa Langford (Mrs. Dubose & Mayella Ewell)
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)
Gabriel is excited to be making his professional debut playing the role of Dill at the Gloucester Stage Company. Gabriel has been a member of the Youth Acting Workshop since 2011. Gabriel continues to be a member at Gloucester stage performing each year in holiday delights.Gabriel hopes everyone comes and enjoys the show. Gabriel would like to thank his family for all the support .
Cliff Blake (Bob Ewell & Mr. Radley)
Cliff performs frequently in projects that tackle race, most recently Obie winner Robbie McCauley’s Willie Loman in her acclaimed multi-racial Death of a Salesman. He was Atticus in Roxbury Rep’s IRNE-nominated To Kill a Mockingbird, Captain Taylor in A Soldier’s Play, Iago in Othello, Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank, and George in Of Mice and Men. As playwright, his 2017 short,The Nigger Lover was presented at Hibernian Hall and his first full-length play, Mother’s Day was just selected for The Negro Ensemble Company’s reading series in New York City. He was Mitch in the Off-Broadway revival of Tuesdays with Morrie at Cherry Lane, Gooper in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Broadway’s Keir Dullea and Tony nominee Mia Dillon and Harry the Horse on the 2015 Guys and Dolls National Tour. Other notable roles include George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Psych Drama Company), Jerry in The Zoo Story (Changeling Theater), Anthony in Outside Mullingar (The ACKtors Table, Nantucket), The Father in Eurydice (Boston Independent Drama, reprised at Heartwood Regional Theater, Maine) and Claudius in the pre-Broadway workshop of Hamlet on Trial.
Thomas Rhett Kee* (Heck Tate)
This Fall, Tom will appear in the film “Chappaquiddick” directed by John Curran. His other film credits include: The Company Men, Purge 3, and The Reawakening. Tom was an original American cast member of the A.R.T./Punchdrunk UK production “Sleep No More”, as has also appeared at Shakespeare & Company, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre (WHAT), the Vineyard Playhouse, New Repertory Theatre, and others.
Stewart Evan Smith (Rev. Sykes)
Stewart Evan Smith is a Boston based actor. Recent theatre credits include Edward II (Actors Shakespeare Project), Murph (Open Theatre Project), Lucky Stiff (Stoneham Theatre), Noises Off (Priscilla Beach Theatre), and Dog Act (Theatre on Fire). He is a actor with Bay Colony Shakespeare Company’s Performance in Education (PIE) program, playing Macbeth in their educational tour of that play. You can see him in the web series We’ve Got History, and Staying in Boston. He is a also a regular ensemble performer with Mystery Cafe (www.mysterycafe.com), and Shit-Faced Shakespeare (www.shit-facedshakespeare.com
Douglass Bowen-Flynn* (Mr. Gilmer & Boo Radley)
Doug Bowen-Flynn is excited to be making his Gloucester Stage Company debut. His regional credits include Boston Children’s Theatre’s Reflection of a Rock Lobster (IRNE Winner Best New Play) and To Kill a Mockingbird, American Repertory Theatre’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! and Three Farces and a Funeral, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Henry V and Macbeth, Lyric Stage Company’s Book of Days, Publick Theatre’s Troilus and Cressida, New Repertory Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, and Company One’s The Overwhelming. Film and television credits include Detroit, Clear History, The Invention of Lying, The Maiden Heist, Mystic River, and The War that Made America. He holds a BA in Communications from University of Puget Sound, a Masters Certificate from the Moscow Art Theatre, and a Masters Degree from Harvard University. He is a past president of SAG-AFTRA New England and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
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!
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° (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.
Tim Spears (Assistant Director)
Tim Spears is an actor, director and designer. He recently assisted on Golda’s Balcony (New Rep Theatre) and Finish Line (Boston Theatre Company). Other directing credits include: The Hot House, By the Bog of Cats, The Adding Machine, After Miss Julie, The House of Bernarda Alba, Fool for Love, Curse of the Starving Class, Pinter: Theatre of Menace and Savage/Love (Boston University). Acting credits include: Good, A Question of Mercy (PTP/NYC); The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Mister Roberts (New Rep Theatre); Clybourne Park (Speakeasy Stage Company); Uncle Jack, Monster, House (IRNE Nomination – Best Solo Performance), Good, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance); Three Sisters, Spring Storm, Blood Wedding (Boston University); and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) and JUMP! and Realism (The Exchange). Mr. Spears earned his BFA in Acting and his MFA in Directing at Boston University.
Jon Savage† (Set Design)
Jon Savage is very happy to be returning to Gloucester Stage.Past GSC credits include Lettice & Lovage, The Last Schwartz and Out of Sterno Other area credits include The Disappearing Number (Underground Railway); Imagining Madoff (New Rep Theatre); The Farm (Boston Playwright’s Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Comm Shakes, Elliot Norton Award, Best Production, Large Company); Comedy of Errors (Comm Shakes, Elliot Norton Award, Best Design, Large Company) Ryan Landry’s “M” (Huntington Theatre). Regional credits include A Grand Night for Singing (Bucks County Playhouse); State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Is He Dead (Olney Theatre); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Bay Street Theatre). Jon was the Associate Set Designer for the Broadway production of Hot Feet and has worked in television and film for productions on the History Channel and the HBO Miniseries, John Adams and served as a curator for the US National Student Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial, 2007. Jon is currently on faculty at Boston University and is a member of United Scenic Artists.
Misaki Nishimiya (Properties Design)
Misaki is a freelance Props and Scenic Artist in the Greater Boston Area. GSC: Lettice and Lovage. Other Prop work include: Shoes On/Shoes Off (Brandeis University); Rent (Suffolk University); Rhinoceros (Suffolk University and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); School for Scandal, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Back the Night (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Laura, Christmas on the Air (Stoneham Theatre); appropriate, Mothers and Sons (Speakeasy Stage Company); Shrek, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Anything Goes (North Shore Music Theatre). Misaki also worked as the Scenic Artist for Gloucester Stage Company’s productions of Fences, 4000 Miles, Auld Lang Syne, Jaque Brel is Alive and Well in Paris, Driving Miss Daisy, This is Our Youth, and North Shore Fish. Misaki wants to thank her husband, Nick, for all of his support, and looking forward to raising their baby boy, Kousuke, together.
John Malinowski (Lighting Design)
John Malinowski returns to GSC having previously designed lighting for The Totalitarians, Driving Miss Daisy, This Is Our Youth, Trad, Last Day, and set and lighting for Nine Circles. Recent credits include Golda’s Balcony (New Repertory Theatre), Journey to the West (Central Square Theater), Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Arcadia (Central Square Theatre), Wild Party and Barnum (Moonbox Productions), Miss Julie, Glenngarry Glen Ross, and Persona (Harbor Stage Company), and the New York premiere of Simon Says at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. He lit Jeff Zinn’s productions of The Pillowman, Daughter of Venus, Fool for Love, and the Norton Award winning Bakersfield Mist in Wellfleet. He has designed for American Repertory Theater, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Nora Theater, Wheelock Family Theater, SpeakEasy Stage, as well as American Stage Theater Festival in Tampa, FL and Tennessee Rep in Nashville, TN. He has received 3 IRNE awards as well as an Elliot Norton for Outstanding Lighting (1996). He was an NEA/TCG Design Fellow from 2000-2002.
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Design)
Chelsea Kerl is pleased to be back with Gloucester Stage, having previously designed Man in Snow, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), A Measure of Normalcy, and Gloucester Blue. Chelsea has been a freelance costume designer in the Boston area since receiving her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University in 2014; she previously attended the University of Maryland, where she received degrees in both Theatre and English. Select recent credits include Grand Concourse (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Beckett in Brief (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Wellesley Repertory Theatre), Intimate Exchanges (Nora Theatre Company), Warrior Class (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre), Big Love (Brandeis University), and Assassins (Ne
David Wilson† (Sound Design)
David Wilson has designed lighting or sound for over 350 productions of opera, theater, concert and dance. He has served on the faculty of Brandeis University, heading the graduate program in sound design, and has designed and taught at Boston College, Boston Conservatory of Music, Bowdoin, Emerson, New England Conservatory, Harvard, Suffolk, Tufts, and UMASS-Lowell. His designs for theater at other companies include Boston Playwrights, Central City Opera, Company One, Dibble Dance, Merrimack Rep, Moonbox, New Rep, Nora, North Shore Music Theater, Stoneham, Shakespeare and Co, WHAT and Wheelock Family Theater. Recent designs include sound and music for The Comedy of Errors at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Elliot Norton Award); Edward II at Actors Shakespeare Project, and Barbecue at Lyric Stage. dw-design.com
Jenna Worden* (Stage Manager)
Jenna Worden is delighted to return for her third season with Gloucester Stage. Favorite GSC credits include Out of Sterno, The Flick, and The Totalitarians. In addition, Jenna has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Our American Hamlet), WGBH (A Christmas Celtic Sojourn), Childsplay AZ, and Phoenix Theatre. She recently signed on as Programs Coordinator of Brighter Boston, a non-profit partnership providing teenagers with professional internships in technical theatre and event production. Jenna earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University.
Gloucester Stage Closes Season with Poignant, Powerful “Mockingbird”
“To Kill A Mockingbird separates itself from standard morality plays by showing us characters who are not broadly drawn in black and white, as good or bad, but with behavioral elements across the spectrum of humanity.”
– The Theater Mirror
BWW Review: Gloucester Stage Season Closes Strong with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
“To Kill a Mockingbird is, at its core, a very good story with sharply-drawn characters who tell us who they are by their behaviors. It lends itself to the stage with the necessary conflict and dramatic elements, and successfully transcends time and place.”
– Broadway World
Classic performance of an American classic
“It is certainly brilliantly done and many audience members were overheard saying it was the best production they had ever seen at Gloucester Stage.”
– Wicked Local
“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” TRIUMPHS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY!
“The GSC production of To Kill a Mockingbird is nothing less than a magnificent shooting star streaking across the heavens and with only a month of performances, you must see this masterful interpretation before it vanishes into the night”
– Good Morning Gloucester
GLOUCESTERCAST 245 WITH PAUL LUNDBERG, THE CAST OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, JIMMY AND PAT DALPIAZ, JUDY RYAN, HEIDI DALLIN, KIM SMITH, JOEY CIARAMITARO TAPED 10/8/17
The cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on the GloucesterCast!
– Good Morning Gloucester
Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ opens at Gloucester Stage Company
“Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” explores issues of morality as it opens onstage tomorrow”
– Eagle Tribune
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ concludes Gloucester Stage Company season
To Kill A Mockingbird featured in Wicked Local
– Wicked Local
Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at American Classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Gloucester Stage
Rehearsal photos, full cast list, synopsis, and more!
– Broadway World
Five things to do, Oct. 2-8
To Kill A Mockingbird featured in the Your Week Ahead section
– The Boston Globe
* 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)