Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 – 1:32 PM
Though best known for its classic Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of tolerance and intolerance, race and justice, To Kill A Mockingbird was adapted for the stage with her permission a quarter-century ago, and that adaptation will be presented by All Saints’ Episcopal Church with a cast including professional actors from among its parishioners in six performances over two weekends later this month.
Proceeds will support the parish’s services to the homeless.
“Having presented the stage version of 12 Angry Men last summer, another play dealing with themes of prejudice and the importance of the justice system in our society, To Kill A Mockingbird was the obvious choice for this year’s production,” said Parishioner James Chalke, producer/director who will also star as the iconic attorney Atticus Finch.
Chalke (Don’t Kill It, Missionary Man) also directed and starred in last summer’s production.
“Having sometimes been referred to as a ‘Hollywood’ parish, All Saints’ Beverly Hills is fortunate to have a number of fine actors among its parishioners, and our cast includes a number of them,” Chalke said. “All in the service of helping raise funds to support the All Saints’ Homeless Ministry and our other social service work, including ‘Get on the Bus,’ which each year brings low-income children to visit incarcerated parents.”
Adapted by playwright Christopher Sergel in 1990, this Mockingbird is a favorite of regional and school theaters, and has even been performed in London, with Robert Sean Leonard (recently seen as Richard II and perhaps best known for his role as Dr. James Wilson in the long-running television series House, M.D.) in the role of Atticus Finch.
Debuting in Lee’s Alabama hometown of Monroeville, the play is still performed there each May, with townspeople playing the role of jurors.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., July 21-22 and 28-29 and 5 p.m., July 23 and 30 at All Saints’ Parish, 504 N. Camden Drive, corner of Santa Monica Boulevard.
Tickets are $25-$50—higher for preferred seating and for the opening night after-show VIP reception—and may be purchased on-line at www.allsaintsbh.org/mockingbird.