One of America’s greatest novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, is hitting the stage on a much-anticipated theater adaptation! The Tony-Award-winning play based on the 1960 novel is embarking on an extensive tour with several dates in 33 cities, including Portland, Oregon! From October 18 to 23, To Kill a Mockingbird will conquer the Keller Auditorium. The highly-acclaimed show, directed by Barlett Sher, will tell the story of lawyer Atticus Finch as he defends a black man falsely accused of a heinous crime. If you loved the novel, surely, you’ll have a great time with this exquisite theater adaptation which brings the incredible plot to life! Hurry and grab your tickets now to experience To Kill a Mockingbird at the Keller Auditorium!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel adapted to the stage by playwright Aaron Sorkin. The novel was written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Harper Lee. The story features Atticus Finch, a formidable Lawyer assigned to defend Tom Robinson, a black man unfairly accused of raping a young white woman named Mayella Ewell. In the story, Finch’s assignment was very much an undesirable task garnering the disapproval of many community members. However, Finch accepted the job and defended Robinson to the best of his ability. Although the characters in the story are fictionalized, there are several autobiographical elements. The premise was based on a 1919 case where two black men were tried, convicted, and executed after being falsely accused of murder. Even though To Kill a Mockingbird’s storyline was published in 1960, the events hold significant relevance to modern society. Much like the novel, the play will tackle serious issues like social injustice, prejudice, and racial inequality.
In 2018, To Kill a Mockingbird opened on Broadway at the Schubert Theater. The play became an instant success, selling more than $1.5 million in tickets. Some viewers may notice that the play varies from the novel. In the theater adaptation, Atticus Finch is the main protagonist, not his daughter, Scout. However, the novel’s readers will still be delighted in many familiar scenes found in the book. After its Broadway success, To Kill a Mockingbird later successfully opened in London’s West End in 2022.
To Kill a Mockingbird was met with critical acclaim. David Rooney from the Hollywood Reporter complimented the play’s captivating script. “Perhaps the most notable achievement of this thoughtful adaptation, and Bartlett Sher’s meticulously calibrated Broadway production, is that it makes us hang on every word as if experiencing the story for the first time.” Meanwhile, Jesse Green from the New York times complemented the play’s atmosphere. “Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture, and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words.” Peter Travers from Rolling Stone wrote a meticulous comparison between the novel and the play and concluded that the play isn’t the book or the film adaptation. “This Mockingbird stands on its own. And it sparks theatrical fireworks that light up the stage.” Lastly, Arifa Akbar from the Guardian said that Lee would approve of this stage adaptation. “The play offers a thorough indictment of the American justice system, from the bigoted white jury who convict an innocent black man against all the evidence in his favor – the echoes still resound today.”
“The late Lee would approve.” – Guardian.
“Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture, and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words.” – New York Times.
“This Mockingbird stands on its own. And it sparks theatrical fireworks that light up the stage.” – Rolling Stone.
“Perhaps the most notable achievement of this thoughtful adaptation, and Bartlett Sher’s meticulously calibrated Broadway production, is that it makes us hang on every word as if experiencing the story for the first time.” – Hollywood Reporter.
This October, To Kill a Mockingbird will have a total of eight showings at the Keller Auditorium from October 18 to 23. The show, which runs for 2 hours and 35 minutes, is divided into two acts with an intermission in between. The show’s incredible set design and exemplary performers will be supported by Keller Auditorium’s state-of-the-art audio and lighting system. Since 2016, the Keller Auditorium has been hosting Portland’s top Broadway showings and music concerts. The venue is furnished with 2,500 plus seats and top-of-the-line acoustics for the utmost entertainment experience.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a must-see play that will entertain, raise awareness, and instill essential values in its viewers. Don’t miss this once-in-lifetime showing of the Great American Novel adaptation at the Keller Auditorium this October!