‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Brings Timeless Injustice to TPAC

For many of us, To Kill a Mockingbird is little more than required reading in English class, but its themes of tolerance and empathy are the same today as when the book was first published in 1960 important, even more important. .

The Broadway tour “Mockingbird” is coming to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center from August 9-14. The adaptation is written by Oscar-winning author Aaron Sorkin, author of The Social Network, A Few Good Men, Becoming Ricardo, and featuring Harper · Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece as the basis.

Emmy winner Richard Thomas plays Atticus Finch on national tour. It was directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Shell and starred Mary Badham, who played the Boy Scouts in the 1962 film version, which became an instant classic.

The story's narrator, Scooter (Melanie Moore), her brother Jem (Justin Mark), and their friend Dill (Steven Lee Johnson) discover mysterious neighbor Boo Lara. Dolls that Deli left to them.

The story follows the family of widowed attorney Atticus Finch and his two children, 6-year-old Scott and her brother Jem, who served as public defender for Tom Robinson, who was accused of rape White woman Mayella Ewell. Although the charges were false, Robinson was found guilty and was shot while trying to escape. Told from Scout’s perspective and set in Depression-era Alabama, this is both a poignant coming-of-age novel and an important social commentary on racial injustice in America.

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Yaegel T. Welch plays Tom Robinson and says the new adaptation is more timely than ever.

Atticus Finch prepares to defend in court Tom Robinson (Yager T. Welch), who is unjustly accused of raping a white woman. The theme of racism in the American justice system is the crux of this story.

“I haven’t seen an audience that doesn’t acknowledge other people’s injustices, I think it’s because of the way Sorkin’s acted – he gave black characters more voice and more agency, so we got more of them view,” said Welch.

“It’s not a movie, it’s not a book, it’s something that can stand on its own. A lot of games revolve around the trial of Tom Robinson because there are so many Tom Robinsons in the modern world: we see them in the news feed ;Whether it’s Breonna Taylor, Jayland Walker, or George Floyd, it still resonates, which is sad because we’re still experiencing it, and as a community, it provides insight and awareness. I don’t think anyone in America wants to continue Seeing these things happen – mainly because the video exposes the injustices of our legal system.”

Yaegel T. Welch as Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell and later shot while trying to escape from prison.

He also noted that pre-pandemic audiences reacted differently to events on the show than they do now. Previously, theatergoers got nostalgic about the show by reading To Kill a Mockingbird or watching the movie, and loved the Finch family characters. After the pandemic, viewers reacted markedly differently.

“When we opened in October, the audience was calling and responding, and that was because it was clear that this kind of thing was still happening — the system is different for people of color and audiences, which is usually most are white and are calling for a response to social injustice,” Welch said.

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