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Gonzaga U. Readers Theatre to Present, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Starting Feb. 23

Posted on February 16, 2010 in: Academics, Events, Faith, Feature Stories, Service, Students
Poster image courtesy of the Spokane Public Library.

Poster image courtesy of the Spokane Public Library.

Brian Russo, associate professor of theatre arts at Gonzaga University, is helping to organize the event.

Brian Russo, associate professor of theatre arts at Gonzaga University, is helping to organize the event.

Gonzaga University Readers Theatre, in partnership with the Spokane Public Library, will present a stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel of racism challenged but not defeated, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The play is free and open to the public and begins Feb. 23. (See schedule below.)

The production is part of The Big Read, a National Endowments for the Arts-funded initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. From mid-February to mid-March, lectures, film showings, discussions, along with the Readers Theatre production, are scheduled throughout the Inland Northwest in celebration of the novel.

Lee’s 1960 novel tells two stories set in a small Southern town: One focused on lawyer Atticus Finch’s defense of an unjustly accused black man, the other on his bright bratty daughter’s discovery of her own goodness. The 1962 film version of the Pulitzer Prize novel won Academy Awards for best actor (Gregory Peck), best adapted screenplay (Horton Foote), and scene design. In a survey of film heroes, movie fans rate Peck’s Atticus Finch as the No. 1 American film hero of all time.

Readers Theatre Performance Schedule:

  • Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga School of Law;
  • Feb. 25-26, 7:30 p.m., at Gonzaga’s Wolff Auditorium in the Jepson Center for the School of Business;
  • March 1, 6:30 p.m., at the South Hill Public Library; and
  • March 3, 7:30 p.m., at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Spokane Valley.

Post-show discussions will follow all Gonzaga productions. Seating is first-come, first-serve, and admission is free. No reservations will be taken. For further information, please contact GU theatre Associate Professor Brian C. Russo at (509) 313-6551, or via e-mail at russob@gonzaga.edu.

Due to violent language, this production is not recommended for children under age 10.

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