The new stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring a script by Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin, officially opens at Broadway's Shubert Theatre December 13. The Bartlett Sher-directed production began performances November 1.
Tony nominee Jeff Daniels (Sorkin's The Newsroom) takes on the central role of Atticus Finch in the staging, which frames the Alabama-set story as a memory play as Scout (Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger) recalls the 1930s trial in which her father defended a black man accused of raping a white girl.
The cast also includes Will Pullen as Jem, Gideon Glick as Dill, Danny Wolohan as Boo Radley, Frederick Weller as Bob Ewell, Gbenga Akinnagbe as Tom Robinson, Stark Sands as Horace Gilmer, Dakin Matthews as Judge Taylor, Neal Huff as Link Deas, Erin Wilhelmi as Mayella Ewell, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Calpurnia, as well as Baize Buzan, Thomas Michael Hammond, Ted Koch, David Manis, Danny McCarthy, Aubie Merrylees, Doron JéPaul Mitchell, Phyllis Somerville, Jeff Still, Liv Rooth, Shona Tucker, and Rebecca Watson.
The new take on the novel heads to the stage following a suit filed against producer Scott Rudin by the Lee estate, which alleged that Sorkin's script took too many liberties with the source material, which was recently voted America's most-loved novel. After Rudin countersued, a settlement was reached between the two parties.
Throughout the run, the production from Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater will partner with the New York City Department of Education to offer tickets priced at ten dollars to groups of middle and high school students throughout the New York City public school system.