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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, September 3rd through November 13th with discounted tickets available for previews August 26th to September 1st. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Commonweal Theatre online at for exact performance dates and times.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird is a story told by a precocious young girl nicknamed "Scout" who recalls one Alabama summer during the Great Depression when her lawyer-father, Atticus Finch, was called upon to defend a black man falsely accused of a horrific crime. Commonweal's production will be directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon, whose previous directing credits in Lanesboro have included Beautiful Again, A Christmas Carol, and last year's psychological thriller The Turn of the Screw. "The central question of the play and the novel," says Dixon, "is how will the cruelty and injustice of the world shape the impressionable minds of our three young protagonists? In this play, an older Scout - now going by her real name Jean Louise - is looking back in time from the civil rights movement of the 1960s to a period of overt racism in the 1930s. In retrospect, did her father do enough in defense of Tom Robinson? Is it truly courageous to work within a corrupt system that is already rigged to deny justice?"

Commonweal's Executive Director Hal Cropp will play the classic role of Atticus Finch, the lawyer who tries to stand up to the forces of bigotry in his small town. Resident Artists Adrienne Sweeney and Daniel Stock portray Atticus' children - Scout and Jem - as adults remembering the events of that unforgettable summer, and the townfolk of Maycomb, Alabama are represented by Scott Dixon, David Hennessey, and Art Moss with Commonweal Apprentice Company Members Gary Danciu, Carla Joseph, Rachel Kuhnle, and Brandon Grayson. Commonweal Apprentice Megan Pence serves as stage manager and leads the production team consisting of designers Kit Mayer (set), Jason Underferth (lights), Janis Martin (costumes), Stan Peal (sound) and Rachel Kuhnle (props).

This production of To Kill A Mockingbird by the Commonweal Theatre Company is the recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, thanks to support from F&M Community Bank, special weekday matinee performances are available for school groups at only $5 per student which includes a study guide, pre-show classroom workshop, and post-performance discussion with the actors.

Funding for Commonweal Theatre's programming is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders.

All performances are at the Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Avenue North in downtown Lanesboro. Ticket prices are $30, with discounts available for students and groups of ten or more. Employees and residents of Fillmore and Houston Counties are offered free admission to the preview performance on Thursday, September 1. For ticket reservations or information about any Commonweal events or programs, call 800-657-7025 or 507-467-2525, or email

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