There are obvious reasons for staging “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The novel is a certified American classic, about following your conscience – which isn’t always popular -- as well as justice and fairness – which aren’t necessarily the same thing.
But there are also good reasons to experience Mockingbird as a play. For starters, there’s Harper Lee’s descriptive language, which almost begs to spoken aloud, like this passage, read by actress Carolyn Howarth.
(excerpt from play)
That passage embodies another aspect of “Mockingbird” that you may not have considered. It’s a coming-of-age story about two kids and their remarkable, truly thoughtful father, the kind we’d all like to emulate -- someone who listens, and really helps his children understand the world, even when the world gets scary. It’s the kind of loving relationship that’s wonderful to encounter in life or on stage – and it’s rendered very well in this memory play, which is faithful to its famous source. This show’s worth a visit, and if you’ve got a kid in your life, between the sixth grade and high school, consider taking him or her along. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ news.