Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 2, 2008

KRT presents ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

GLASGOW — Kentucky Repertory Theatre will present Christopher Sergel’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” Oct. 3 through Nov. 15.

Sergel’s play, which is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning 1961 novel by the same name, is set to open Friday night at 7:30. A reception will be at 6:45 p.m.

It has been 10 years since the play was featured at the theater.

Robert Brock, artistic director of the theater, said there are two reasons for bringing the play back.

“I think it deals with something that is not cleaned up yet. There’s still a lot of prejudice that is hanging on. That certainly is a big part of this story,” he said.

The second reason is because the play is based on a classic novel and Brock said it is time to introduce the story to a new group of young people.

The play is set in 1935 in Macon, Ala., and is about a young black man who is accused of raping a teenage white girl. Representing the defendant is attorney Atticus Finch, whose children learn to accept Arthur “Boo” Radley, a recluse who, at first, seems odd and scary to the children.

“The whole idea that we fight a battle that we know we’re going to lose because it’s the right thing to do is something that every generation can learn from,” said Evelyn Blythe, director of the play.

Reading Lee’s book is good background for the show, she said.

“The book is just something that is incredibly rich and the play tells the same story,” she said, adding that the play can’t go into the detail the book does.

While Lee’s book tells the story through the eyes of Scout, the young daughter of Finch, the narrator is Miss Maudie, who lives next door to Scout and her brother, Jem.

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