October 2014

Art Center's Powerful Season Opener: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Andrea Gannon | Photographer: Jordan Sturm

Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, set in Alabama during the Great Depression when poverty and racism walked hand in hand, is an indelible story about growing up. For many of us, the tale of young Scout’s journey from innocence to maturity as her attorney-father defends a man accused of rape is part of our growing up, too.

Published in 1960, Lee’s classic work went on to win a coveted Pulitzer Prize. Its powerful message of intolerance simultaneously chronicles the lives of three young children and a widowed father, forever changed by an act of injustice in the small, fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.

To Kill a Mockingbird’s central message revolves around the story of a man wrongly accused of rape, Tom Robinson (Kena Anae), and the man defending him, Atticus Finch (Kurt Rhoades). Atticus becomes a hero as he stands for justice, integrity and fair play in a world steeped in ignorance and racism.

Hilton Head Island resident Broderick Copeland plays Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch. Scout’s fearless confrontations with town members (from the men stirring up trouble outside Robinson’s jail to outcast Boo Radley) demonstrate how parents teach acceptance… or how they don’t. Because Atticus has taught his children to be fair-minded, they see the trial as a mockery of justice.

Many of the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird have parallels in the life of author Lee, and that may account for their clarity and rich detail; but Lee always said the work is not autobiographical. An author “should write about what he knows and write truthfully,” she was quoted as saying.

Director Treyz brings this American classic of courage and compassion to life at the Arts Center September 30-October 19.

Preview tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children, September 30-October 2. Beginning with opening night on October 3, tickets are $45 for adults and $31 for children. Purchase tickets online at tickets.artshhi.com or call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787).

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