Monday, January 12, 2009

Matthew Modine for Hartford Stage's To Kill a Mockingbird

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine will make his Hartford Stage debut as Atticus Finch in the eagerly anticipated stage adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Drama Desk Winner Hallie Foote will also be featured. Michael Wilson will direct the production, which will play at the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage, February 19 - April 4.

Hallie Foote photo by Jim Cooper.

Matthew Modine has worked with many of the most highly regarded film and stage directors, including Oliver Stone, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, Spike Lee, Tom Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme and John Sayles. 

A partial list of his films include Birdy, Married to the Mob, Vision Quest, Full Metal Jacket, Gross Anatomy, and Shortcuts. 

Matthew Modine on stage at the Old Vic

Modine last appeared on stage in Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues, directed by Robert Altman at The Old Vic in London.  He also worked with Arthur Miller in Finishing the Picture, directed by Robert Falls at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a tender portrait of a southern town, brimming with powerful lessons of tolerance, justice and quiet heroism.  Scout and Jem are growing up in the Deep South during the 1930s depression.  Their idyllic childhood is jolted with the realization that prejudice and bigotry rule in their small town when their father, a lawyer of principle and integrity, is asked to defend a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.

Also announced today in the cast for Mockingbird are Devon Abner, James DeMarse, Hallie Foote, Jennifer Harmon, Nafe Katter, Doug Lyons, and Olivia Scott.

Matthew Modine on the red carpet.

Tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird are currently on sale at the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit Hartford Stage online.

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