The Fourth Street Theater in Chesterton will present “To Kill a Mockingbird”
from May 31 through June 16.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the
stage by Christopher Sergel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is primarily a play
about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in 1935 in the South. The
story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo
The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the
serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator’s father, Atticus
Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of
integrity for lawyers. The novel was later made into a film starring Gregory
Peck as Finch.
One critic explains the novel’s impact by writing, “In the twentieth
century, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is probably the most widely read book
dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most
enduring fictional image of racial heroism.”
“I think it’s important to go back and reexamine the classics once in a
while,” said Kevin Doler, the director of this production. “‘Mockingbird’
shows how people thought in the 1930s and it’s great quote, ‘You
never really understand a personÉuntil you climb inside of his skin and walk
around in it,’ is a great reminder, especially today.”
Directed by Doler, with assistance from Steve Ellis and Kathie Rosdil, the
cast features: Donald Beck, Grant Fitch, Rachel Livingston, Matt Stinnett,
Pat Klewer, Anna Fry, David Fry, Paul Petro, Lukas Needham, Michael “Doc”
Kuhn, Steve Rohe, Laura Simmons, Donna Rettew, Helena Taft, Don Ross, Jena
Bellezza, Tony Credit, Dan Keilman, Seth Rettew and Garrett Wilson.
Call (219) 926-7875 for reservations. The Fourth Street Theater is located
at 125 N. Fourth St. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.