Local News: Alley Theatre Cancels Terms of Endearment for To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted by: Staffon 2007/1/6 6:08:23 2615 reads Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Replaces the Previously Announced Terms of Endearment

January 2007

To Kill a Mockingbird will replace the previously scheduled adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s Terms of Endearment as the fourth play on the Hubbard Stage during the Alley’s Sixtieth Anniversary season. Terms of Endearment, a new play, in development with Hartford Stage Company, has been postponed indefinitely. Linda Gray, remembered most often for her portrayal of “Sue Ellen” in the long running television hit “Dallas,” was to take on the role of Aurora with Hartford Stage Artistic Director (and Alley Theatre Associate) Michael Wilson directing...

The Alley Theatre will add To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, to the 2006-2007 Season. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930’s, the story is narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the daughter of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who, despite threats to himself and his family, defends a black man accused of assaulting a white woman. In the stage adaptation (by Christopher Sergel), the narrator of the story, a grown-up Scout, looks back at her childhood, delivering a powerful message about prejudice, injustice, and humanity.

To Kill a Mockingbird, which will be directed by Paul Barnes (Producing Director of Minnesota’s Great River Shakespeare Festival), will run during the exact dates originally scheduled for Terms of Endearment, beginning previews, Friday, March 30, with opening night scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, and running through Sunday, April 29.

Published in 1960, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird became a bestseller, selling over five million copies in thirteen countries and winning the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In 1999, it was voted “Best Novel of the Century” by the Library Journal. In 1962, the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird went on to win three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay Adaptation to Horton Foote (Alley’s Trip to Bountiful, Young Man from Atlanta, and The Carpetbagger’s Children) and Best Actor to Gregory Peck for his portrayal of Atticus Finch.


Tickets to To Kill a Mockingbird are available for purchase at www.alleytheatre.org, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713/220-5700. Tickets to performances start at only $19. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 713/315.3346. The added convenience of reservations by phone or Internet is available for a nominal fee.

Subscribers and patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled production of Terms of Endearment should use their tickets for the same day, same time performance of To Kill a Mockingbird. For example, patrons with tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance of Terms of Endearment on Friday, March 30 should use those tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 performance of To Kill a Mockingbird. Please note: new tickets will not be issued. For further questions regarding ticketing and subscriptions, please call the Alley Theatre Box Office at 713/220-5700.