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When Mockingbird Meets Milwaukee

Lee E. Ernst as Atticus and Mallorey Wallace as Scout in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Harper Lee’s and Christopher Sergel’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo by Michael Brosilow

This week, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater kicked off its production of To Kill A Mockingbird, directed by Aaron Posner. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the play runs through March 4th, and serves as the centerpiece of the theater's Big Read grant. As part of the “Rep in Depth” program, a dialogue with actor Jonathan Gillard Daly, who plays Heck Tate in the production, will take place 45 minutes before the start of each show, and talkbacks with the cast and creative team will take place after select performances. The Rep has partnered with other local organizations, including the Next Door Foundation and the Milwaukee Public Library, to host events related to To Kill A Mockingbird throughout the city this spring. On February 13, don’t miss the program’s keynote speech from Mary Murphy, author of Scout, Atticus, and Boo, followed by a screening of her documentary, Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird, which explores the sustained success and impact of Harper Lee’s only novel. (You can check out our interview with Murphy here.)

Below, listen to a clip of Mark Clements, artistic director of Milwaukee Rep, as he discusses the impact of To Kill A Mockingbird and the theater's Big Read program. [1:19]

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Please visit Milwaukee Rep's blog for more information about their Big Read program, or learn more about the novel from The Big Read website.

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