That question will be examined in “To Kill a Mockingbird” — the first production of the Corinth Theatre-Arts 2013-2014 season. The new season’s theme is “Starting Fresh: Tales from the American South.”
Tickets are on sale now for this stage adaptation of the classic novel by Harper Lee.
“Miss Maudie shares with us Harper Lee’s famed novel through the perspective of a small-town neighborhood in Maycomb, Alabama, in 1933,” said Cris Skinner, director of the play and CT-A artistic director. “Maudie’s neighbor Atticus Finch has challenged his children to learn the value of human dignity by overcoming prejudice while he represents a falsely-accused black man.”
For “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Skinner and the CT-A team have enlisted the help of Jennifer Winters, in the position of dramaturge, to help gather research information for the play. They are using the info to deepen and round out the characters from Harper Lee’s novel.
Another invaluable source has been Skinner’s father, a lawyer, who has helped them understand more about the character Atticus Finch.
“He told me that Atticus Finch is not so much a crusader for the underprivileged as a competent country lawyer who has worn an oath and committed to serving his client,” Skinner said. “It was a critical bit of information about why Atticus’ children don’t understand why he has become a hero. He really is just doing his job and working within the legal system, whether it be considered broken or not.”
CT-A is also selling season tickets through the final “To Kill a Mockingbird” performance. Season tickets are $70 and include seven seats to be used at any time and in any combination during the season. Season ticket order forms are at the CT-A website, the CT-A playhouse and in CT-A brochures available at area businesses, restaurants and other locations.
The new season is full of plays rooted in the South’s past, Skinner pointed out.
“In looking at the themes though we recognized there was something gained, perhaps a fresh perspective or new beginning for main characters of these plays,” she said. “The plays take a serious tone for the most part, but humor can be found in all of them, especially ‘Sordid Lives.’”
“To Kill a Mockingbird” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 15-17, and 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and are available in advance at the CT-A Playhouse on Fulton Drive or by calling 287-2995 on weekdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door before the performance as available.
For more information call CT-A at 287-2995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.