Lutcher hosts American masterpiece
Montana Repertory Theater presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Lutcher Theater March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35, $25 and $20. Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is unquestionably an American classic. The story became an Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck and was later adapted for the theater. This stage adaptation continues to compel and delight audiences worldwide with its warmth, wit and wisdom.
The story is simple, yet speaks of human nature and human values. The story is set in a sleepy Southern town in the 1930s, as Atticus Finch, an attorney and the widowed father of two young children, stands against his fellow townspeople by defending a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.
Through every step and with every word, Atticus instills in his children the traditional moral values of honesty, courage, integrity, respect for others, and above all, responsibility for one’s actions. Without fanfare or bravado, Atticus Finch achieves the status of a true American hero, telling his son that courage is “when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”
Montana Rep specializes in bringing new life to classics of the American stage. It is their mission to tell the great stories of our nation, bringing new vitality and vision to time-honored material. It’s a journey that began in 1996 with the Rep’s first production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and continued with such classics as “Death of a Salesman” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Talbert Meadows, Shangri La’s “Birdman,” will give a pre-show presentation on “The Birds of Southeast Texas” at 6:45 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Lutcher Theater. The show’s cast will answer questions during a post-show discussion.
Participants of “Southeast Texas Reads,” a community wide reading project of the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird,” will have a chance to sign a poster that is traveling across Texas with Montana Rep as they tour the state and preshow recognition will be given to those in the audience who read the book.
The show is funded in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council (an agency of state government), with support from the Montana State Legislature, The University of Montana, the Montana Cultural Trust, Dr. Cathy Capps and Dr. Sandy Shepard.
DuPont-Sabine River Works is the corporate sponsor of this performance. Ken Wernig is the individual sponsor.
To purchase tickets, go to www.lutcher.org, call 745-5535, or stop by the box office at 707 Main Ave.