Fairmont State University’s Town & Gown Players is excited to return to campus with To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family and neighbors, and an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.
A heartwarming coming-of-age story, the play is filled with warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The action grows out of the memories of the play's narrator Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout in her childhood. Scout's father, Atticus, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Political historian Joseph Crespino wrote, "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."
The Town & Gown Players have brought quality theatre to the North Central WV community for more than 50 years. This year is special as the Players returned to the beautiful environment of the Prickett's Fort Amphitheatre this summer with the same production.
The show is directed by Troy Snyder. The cast includes: Teresa Smallwood, Gwen Timbrell, Hank Temple, Rob Howard, Rowan Nelson, Tracy Evans, Seret Cole, Paige Shircliffe-Bowser, Bev Slagle, Steven Paugh, Justin Allan, Colby Collins, John Fallon, John O’Connor, Kyle Stewart, Shannon Yost, Antonio Dobbs, Scott McCutcheon, and Jahred King.
To Kill a Mockingbird will be presented at Fairmont State University on September 28, 29, 30, at 7:30p.m. A Sunday matinee will be held on October 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for kids 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling the box office at (304) 367-4240. Tickets can also be purchased on the evening of the performance.
While the play is appropriate for all ages, its language accurately depicts Depression era attitudes toward race that are now commonly considered to be offensive.