TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

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November 21 – December 14, 2014

Credits

Adapted by Christopher Sergel
From the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by David Bogdonoff

Tickets

Adults: $22 in advance, $28 at the door
Youth: $11 in advance, $15 at the door
Discounts available for groups of 15 or more

Times

Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm
Sundays 2 pm
Join us for a post-show discussion with the actors and director of MOCKINGBIRD on Sundays, Nov 23 & Dec 7.

Description

A widowed lawyer with two young children must defend a black man falsely accused of a crime, while standing up to the bigoted minds of a small Southern town. Atticus Finch and his kids, Scout and Jem, show us the noble heart of a good family in this heartwarming story of courage based on the American classic by Harper Lee. A perfect theater experience for your own family during the holidays.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

SCOUT’ FINCH……………………………….Etta Washburn
JEAN LOUISE FINCH…………………………Molly Daniels
JEM FINCH…………………………………….Salvatore Harkins
ATTICUS FINCH………………………………Mark Manske
CALPURNIA……………………………………Alexaendrai Bond
DILL HARRIS………………………………….Tommy Huebner
MISS MAUDIE ATKINSON………………….Loretta Janca
MISS STEPHANIE CRAWFORD…………….Maureen Coyne
MRS DUBOSE…………………………………Kathy Mello
WALTER CUNNINGHAM……………………..Ken Ray
MAYELLA EWELL………………………………CC Sheldon
BOB EWELL……………………………………Tim Holt Jones
MR GILMER……………………………………Chris Harper
NATHAN RADLEY/ARTHUR ‘BOO’ RADLEY….Joel Jacobs
TOM ROBINSON………………………………Khary Moye
HELEN ROBINSON……………………………Shani Harris-Bagwell
REVEREND SYKES……………………………Lavalle-William Davis
HECK TATE……………………………………Mike Reynolds
JUDGE TAYLOR……………………………….Tom Flynn

CCCT Impressive production of  Harper Lee’s Classic  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — Is a holiday keeper.

From Vmedia — Theatre Arts Reviews and Events

Fifty four years ago Harper Lee wrote the American classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mocking Bird. The award winning Contra Costa Civic Theatre celebrates this iconic story with a captivating production of Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation.

With a talented ensemble of excellent local actors, under the direction of David Bogdonoff, brings this story to life for both newcomers and fans. The iconic characters have passed to many readers and movie fans through the American landscape that has kept this story relevant with the issues of rape and racism in Depression Era Alabama, as well as the emotional coming of age of its young characters. If you remember them from the book or the film, you have impressions of who they are. They are a part of our psyche. CCCT’s gifted cast brings them to the El Cerrito stage and makes the story as fresh and vital as it was when first published.
Act one plants the seeds of the drama, act two delivers the critical moments an emotional epiphanies of the classic story played out in a courtroom and in the yard of Lawyer Finch’s home.

The cast includes three young actors Etta Washburn, Sal Harkins as the Finch kids and the talented Tommy Huebner as Dill. Former CCCT Artistic Director Mark Manske is excellent as Atticus Finch.

The younger actors have to carry this production and Harkins as Jem Finch is impressive.
Molly Daniels delivers the narrative of Jean Louise Finch as engaging and interesting from the very beginning. Mike Reynolds delivers a powerful monologue as Sheriff Heck Tate. This is a gifted cast, Tim Holt Jones is well cast as Bob Ewell the racist monster. CC Sheldon transcends the preconceived notion of Mayella Ewell that is set in our minds from the classic 1962 film.

No matter how many times you read the book or watch the film, the verdict of the story’s trial is a sucker punch to the soul. Harper Lee’s masterpiece on stage is well crafted dramatic honesty.
I have to mention the impressive subtle set by the award winning Kuo-Hao Lo, and the on point costumes by the talented Lisa Danz.

The CCCT had a busy November taking three main stage awards at the 1st annual TBA’ Awards celebration at ACT – they took an award for best local play August: Osage County including Best set and Direction and Max Minton for best Actor in a play.

Mockingbird Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 14. The matinee performances on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 will feature a discussion with the director and cast. Tickets and details: www.ccct.org.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ comes to El Cerrito stage

By Chris Treadway, Contra Costa Times

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” the classic Harper Lee drama about racism and justice in the Depression-era South, is as relevant now as it was when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 as the civil rights movement was gaining steam.

The story, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, opens Nov. 21 at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, 951 Pomona Ave.

“Its characters — Atticus, Scout, Jem, Dill, Calpurnia, and Tom Robinson–are among the best-known, most beloved, and in some cases most influential, in all of American literature,” notes CCCT, pointing out that the tale inspired famed attorney Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center to dedicate his life to civil rights law.

Former CCCT artistic director Mark Manske plays Atticus Finch.

The cast, under the direction of David Bogdonoff, includes Etta Washburn, Salvatore Harkins, Molly Daniels, Tommy Huebner, Alexaendrai Bond, Khary Moye, C.C. Sheldon, Tim Holt Jones, and Joel Jacobs.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 14. The matinee performances on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 will feature a discussion with the director and cast. Tickets and details: www.ccct.org.

This has been a big month for Contra Costa Civic Theatre, which was honored for its production of “August: Osage County” at the inaugural Theatre Bay Area awards gala held Nov. 10 at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

The production was recognized for Outstanding Production of a Play, CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn was honored for Outstanding Director of a Play, Kuo-Hao Lo for Outstanding Set Design and Max Minton for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.