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News Release Virginia Repertory Theatre For Immediate Release Contact: Date: August 28, 2013 Susan Davenport Director of Communications Virginia Repertory Theatre [email protected] 804-513-8211 Virginia Rep Opens the Signature Season with To Kill A Mockingbird Community Partnerships with Leadership Metro Richmond and Richmond’s Legal Community to Support Student Matinees Richmond, VA – Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, September 27 with a Preview on Thursday, September 26. The show runs through October 20, 2013. Long recognized as one of the most influential works of fiction on the criminal justice system, To Kill a Mockingbird and the role of Atticus Finch have impacted lawyers for decades. In recognition of this legacy, Virginia Rep will partner with Leadership Metro Richmond and its members from the legal community to support student matinees for middle and high school students. LMR members from the legal community will facilitate talkbacks with the cast after student matinees and three Friday evening performances. The Honorable Cleo E. Powell, Supreme Court Justice of Virginia, the Honorable Catherine Hammond, Chief Judge of the Henrico Circuit Court, and Kimberly C. MacLeod from Hunton & Williams are among those addressing students. Director, Rusty Wilson who is making his directing debut at Virginia Rep talks about his vision and the importance of the show. “This story will never be out of date, or out of fashion, or tired, or irrelevant, because it is a story of the best and the worst of the human struggle. It is fundamentally a story about right and wrong, and the choices we must grapple with about how we live our lives. It is a story about a man who chooses the hard right, rather than the easy wrong, teaching his children by example, not just words. I love that we have a cast of players who will not only tell the story, but witness it as well. This is a big part of my approach to this production. I also wanted to tell the story through the lens of memory, and the traditional spiritual music of the time. The addition of a live, a cappella choir brings a whole new dimension to the production." Since moving to Richmond in 2005, Wilson has directed a number of critically acclaimed productions including Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Eurydice, Mr. Marmalade, at Firehouse Theatre Project and Cadence Theatre’s, In The Next Room (or the vibrator play). Prior to moving to Richmond, Rusty spent ten years serving as the Founding Artistic Director for Company of Fools, an award winning theatre company located in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was awarded the Idaho Governor’s Award. He currently serves as the Arts Department Chair and Director of Theatre at St. Christopher’s School. Virginia Rep is delighted to welcome back Adrian Rieder as Atticus Finch. He was most recently seen in Virginia Rep’s Hay Fever and Scorched Earth and in Death of a Salesman at Firehouse Theatre Project. His TV credits include All My Children, Sex in the City and Law and Order. Laine Satterfield will play Maudie Atkinson. Recent credits include Gidion’s Knot, produced by Carol Piersol, In the Next Room, (or the Vibrator Play) for Cadence Theatre Company, Boston Marriage (Stella di Domani Festival), and The Little Dog Laughed for Virginia Rep. The Honorable Roger Gregory, federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will reprise his role as Reverend Sykes. He was in Virginia Rep’s last production of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2003. Other credits include Jim Bono in Sycamore Rouge Theatre’s Fences and two films: a documentary, The Turning Point: Brown v. Board of Education in which he portrayed Thurgood Marshall and an independent film, Speak Now. Joining him is Gordon Bass who is reprising his role as Heck Tate from the 2003 production. Virginia Rep is delighted to introduce Molly Nugent as Scout and Nick Dauley as Jem. Molly is in the fifth grade at River's Edge Elementary in Glen Allen. CYT credits include The Little Mermaid (Flounder), Honk (a duckling), Beauty and the Beast (sugarbowl), and Annie (orphan). Nick Dauley is a freshman at Thomas Dale’s Specialty Center for the Arts and a member of HATTheatre's HATTBox Players. He was recently seen as Georgie in HATTheatre’s Over The Tavern. Also new to Virginia Rep is Henry Boyle as Dill, a rising seventh grader. In 2011, he performed in SPARC’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the Carpenter Theatre and played Sonny in Firehouse Theatre’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Set Designer Ron Keller is Head of Design and resident scenic designer for Theatre VCU. His most recent credits with Virginia Rep include Scorched Earth, Guys and Dolls (RTCC Award for Best Set Design) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (RTCC Award for Best Set Design). Lynne M. Hartman, light designer, is also known for her work at Virginia Rep. Credits include RED, Hay Fever, The Magic Flute, The Sound of Music (RTCC Award) and Spring Awakening (RTCC nominated). Elizabeth Weiss Hopper is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre at the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as costume designer for 32 years. Professionally she has designed costumes for over 250 productions in theatre, dance and opera including the Company of Fools, Hailey, Idaho; Theatre VCU, Virginia Rep, The Production Company, University of Richmond, James River Chamber Opera, Richmond Shakespeare, Cadence Theatre and the Confederation Center of the Arts, Canada. Virginia Rep credits include Quilters, The Full Monty, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Hamlet, The Dead, 1940’s Radio Hour, and The Trip to Bountiful. Student Matinees and Talk on Tap Conversations Middle and high school matinees will take place on October 3, 4, 10, 17, and 18 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $14. Shows include talkback with LMR member from the legal community and the cast. Talk on Tap conversations will take place after public Friday evening performances on October 4, 11, and 18. Ticket Information Box Office 804-282-2620 www.va-rep.org Full Price Tickets: $38 - $46 Discounted Group Rates and Rush tickets available. U-Tix for college and high school students $10. Available by phone or in person day of show only. Student ID required. The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is equipped with a new state-of the-art induction loop hearing system that is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. A handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is hearing impaired. Valet parking is available for $8 at during Wednesday matinees and Friday and Saturday evening performances. Press Kits Available at http://va-rep.org/press.html Pass code accessible Hi Res photos available to media. username = press password = HiRes121 Evening performances at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 p.m. pm on select Wednesdays Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday and select Wednesdays and Saturdays Direction & Design Director Musical Director Dialect Director Scenic Designer Lighting Designer Costume Designer Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manger Rusty Wilson Anthony Smith Amanda Durst Ron Keller+ Lynne M. Hartman+ Elizabeth Weiss Hopper Rick Brandt* Katie Monfet Cast List Jean Louise Finch (Scout) Jeremy Finch (Jem) Atticus Finch Calpurnia Maudie Atkinson Stephanie Crawford Mrs. Dubose Arthur Radley (Boo) Charles Baker Harris (Dill) Heck Tate Judge Taylor Reverend Sykes Mayella Ewell Bob Ewell Walter Cunningham Mr. Gilmer A.J. Calbert Molly Nugent Nick Dauley Adrian Rieder* Debbie Gayle Taylor Laine Satterfield* Terri Moore Mollie Ort Dean Knight Henry Boyle Gordon Bass Frank Creasy R. Lee Gregory Suzanne Gray Ron Reid Frank Creasy Ford Flannagan* Tom Robinson Choir Anthony Smith, Jessi Johnson, Keydron Dunn, Stephanie M. Hill, Alana S. Thomas +Member of USA United Scenic Artists: local 829 * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.A. Full bios can be found at www.va-rep.org. About Virginia Repertory Theatre Virginia Repertory Theatre, located in Richmond, VA, combines the talents and strengths of two nonprofit companies that shared facilities, resources, and management teams for over a decade. Now the heritages of Barksdale Theatre (founded in 1953) and Theatre IV (founded in 1975) live on in their new form, as Central Virginia’s leading professional theater company. Virginia Rep presents national caliber productions of the great dramas, comedies, and musicals as well as classics, contemporary works, and world premieres, always seeking to demonstrate the unique power of theater to engage, enthrall, educate, and inspire. Productions are staged at four distinct venues: the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre and Theatre Gym at the downtown Virginia Rep Center, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia located at Willow Lawn, and at Hanover Tavern, home to Virginia Rep’s Barksdale Season. Sponsors Virginia Rep’s Signature Season is sponsored by Altria and by The Shubert Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsorship is provided by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond.com, and Community Idea Stations. Leadership Metro Richmond Host Committee Ralph L. “Bill” Axselle Jr. (Williams Mullen), Susan Holleman Brewer (J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College), Frank Brown Jr. (Frank O. Brown, Jr. P.C.) , Bennett J. Fidlow (Schroder Fidlow &Titley, PLC) , The Honorable Catherine Hammond (Henrico Circuit Court), Gladys Bailey Harris (Gladys Bailey Harris Attorney at law), Kimberly C. MacLeod (Hunton & Williams, LLP), The Honorable Jennifer McClellan (Virginia House of Delegates), Chip D. Nunley III (Hunton &Williams LLP), M. Janet Palmer (City of Richmond), The Honorable Cleo E. Powell (Virginia Supreme Court), E. Ford Stephens (Christian and Barton), Neil Talegaonkar (ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.) , Janet Singletary Thomas (Hirschler Fleischer).