Melanie Moore stars as Scout (left) alongside Jacqueline Williams as Calpurnia in the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Photo: Julieta Cervantes
The play adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” will continue this weekend at the Des Moines Civic Center during its tour stop in Des Moines. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was adapted into a play by Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. With such a distinguished pedigree, it’s no wonder the Broadway play has received praise from New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and NPR.
The show, set in a small Alabama town in the mid-1930s, follows attorney Atticus Finch as he defends Tom Robinson, a Black man wrongly accused of assaulting a white woman. Richard Thomas will portray Finch; the actor is perhaps best known for playing John-Boy in the 1970s television series “The Waltons.”
Don’t miss the chance to see the play for yourself during one of the weekend productions presented by Des Moines Performing Arts. Tickets are still on sale, but with limited availability. Click here for a list of production times and ticket prices.