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Harper Lee’s groundbreaking 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird still resonates with readers today — and there’s no doubt that the Denver Center Theatre Company’s stage adaptation will hit the same notes with audience members. “I do think it’s one of the great novels and movies of the twentieth century,” says DCTC artistic director Kent Thompson, “and I think the play is a beautifully adapted play with an adult narrator.

“The other thing that I think is really remarkable about this story,” he adds, “is that it’s about a young girl’s loss of innocence about the world, but at the same time discovering that her father is actually a hero.”

It’s a good balance with the other two DCTC shows on the plate for October; The Liar is an updated French romantic comedy, and American Night is a social satire that Thompson describes as “somewhere between standup and sketch comedy.” The drama and social issues brought forward in To Kill a Mockingbird will give theater-goers a more serious option.

“We’ve approached it as a memory play,” Thompson explains, “so the set is more abstract than many audience members are used to seeing. It really is about the action taking place between the characters way back when, and the journey — although the play is about Atticus and Scout, by the end of it, you find it’s as much about the adult Jean Louise and her figuring out what this amazing story meant.”

To Kill a Mockingbird opens tonight (the official opening is Thursday, October 6) and runs through October 30; tickets start at $35. Call 303-893-4100 or visit
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Oct. 30, 2011


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