TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Announces Complete Cast

September 13, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird Show logoCOMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED!






A new play by AARON SORKIN



Casting is complete for the Broadway production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel.  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will begin previews on Thursday, November 1 and open on Thursday, December 13 at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44 Street).

Jeff Daniels will head a cast of 24 which will also star Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick Weller, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Erin Wilhelmi, Danny McCarthy, Neal Huff, Phyllis Somerville, Liv Rooth, Danny Wolohan, Baize Buzan, Thomas Michael Hammond, Ted Koch, David Manis, Aubie Merrylees, Doron JéPaul Mitchell, Jeff Still, Shona Tucker, Rebecca Watson, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

Set in Alabama in the 1930s, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most beloved and admired characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, to be played by Jeff Daniels.  The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger), her brother Jem (Will Pullen), their visiting friend Dill (Gideon Glick), and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley (Danny Wolohan).  The other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama will be brought to life on stage by Frederick Weller (as Bob Ewell), Gbenga Akinnagbe (playing Tom Robinson), Stark Sands (as prosecutor Horace Gilmer), Dakin Matthews (playing  Judge Taylor), Erin Wilhelmi (as Mayella Ewell), and LaTanya Richardson Jackson (as Calpurnia).

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will have scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, sound design by Scott Lehrer, an original score by Adam Guettel, casting by Daniel Swee, and is produced by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Eli Bush, and Lincoln Center Theater.

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JEFF DANIELS (Atticus Finch). Broadway: Blackbird (Tony Award nomination), God of Carnage (Tony nomination), Redwood Curtain, 5th Of July (Drama Desk Award)Off-Broadway: many credits as a member of Circle Repertory Company including Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun (Obie Award). As Founder and Resident Playwright of Michigan’s Purple Rose Theatre Company, his many plays include Flint, Guest Artist (Runner-Up, American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play), Across the Way (Finalist, ATCA), and The Meaning of Almost Everything (ATCA nomination). Film: Terms of Endearment; Something Wild; The Purple Rose of Cairo; Fly Away Home; Dumb and Dumber; Gettysburg; The Hours; Speed; Pleasantville; 101 Dalmatians; Good Night, and Good LuckThe Martian; Steve Jobs; The Squid and the Whale.  Television credits include Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” (Emmy Award), “The Looming Tower” (Emmy nomination), and “Godless” (Emmy nomination).

CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER (Scout Finch).  Broadway: The Cherry OrchardThe Glass Menagerie (Tony Award nomination; Drama Desk and Dorothy Loudon awards), Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations), Les Misérables (Drama Desk nomination), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony nomination; Drama Desk and Theatre World awards). Off-Broadway: A Parallelogram, The Oldest Boy, Merrily We Roll Along, Peter and the Starcatcher, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Small Fire, Bachelorette, Juno, Saved, Kindertransport, Little Fish, Summer of ’42. Regional: The Glass Menagerie (A.R.T.), Private Lives (White Heron Theatre), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street Theater), Creating Claire (George Street Playhouse), Peter and the Starcatcher (La Jolla Playhouse), The Light in the Piazza (Goodman Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center), Our Town (Intiman Theatre). Film: Diane, Breakable You, The Visit, Mariachi Gringo. Television: “Bull,” “Louie,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Blue Bloods,” “Good Behavior,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Heartland,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Education of Max Bickford.” Education: University of Michigan.

WILL PULLEN (Jem Finch). Broadway: Sweat. Off-Broadway: Punk Rock, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweat, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, Marie AntoinetteScarcity. Williamstown Theatre Festival: An American Daughter, The Rose Tattoo. Film: GreyhoundGoat. Television: “The Good Wife,” “The Devil You Know,” “Elementary,” “The Americans.” Proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep and The Actor’s Center.

GIDEON GLICK (Dill). Broadway: Significant Other (Drama League Award nomination), Spring Awakening, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: The Harvest, Significant Other, Speech & Debate, The Few, Into the Woods, Peerless, Wild Animals You Should Know, Spring Awakening. Film: Ocean’s 8, Speech & Debate, Song One, A Case of You, One Last Thing…, Gods Behaving Badly. Television: “The Detour,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “Margot vs. Lily,” “Devious Maids.” Podcast: “The Message.”

 FREDERICK WELLER (Bob Ewell). Broadway: Mothers and Sons, Glengarry Glen Ross (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Take Me Out (Drama Desk nomination), Seascape, The Little Foxes, Six Degrees of Separation, The Rehearsal. Off-Broadway includes Fulfillment Center; Money Shot; Reasons to Be Happy (Lucille Lortel Award nomination); Still Life; In a Dark, Dark House; Some Men (Drama Desk nomination); Mother Courage; Take Me Out (also London); The Shape of Things (Lucille Lortel nomination; also London); Curtains (Obie Award for Best Ensemble); The Country Club; and Plunge. Film credits include Black Klansman, When Will I Be Loved, The Shape of Things, The Business of Strangers, Coyote Ugly, and Stonewall. Television: “Mosaic” (HBO mini-series), “In Plain Sight” (series regular), “Odd Mom Out,” “Banshee,” and many other guest spots.

GBENGA AKINNAGBE (Tom Robinson). Broadway debut. Theatre credits include Fulfillment, Lower Ninth (The Flea); The Thin Place (The Intiman); and A View From 151st Street (Public Theater). Film credits include All the Devil’s MenDC Noir (also co-directed), EggHomeCrown HeightsDetroitDetourIndependence Day 2Fort BlissMallBig WordsOvernightLottery TicketEdge of DarknessThe Taking of Pelham 123, and The Savages. Television credits include “The Deuce,” “The Following,” “24: Live Another Day,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Damages,” “Nurse Jackie,” “A Gifted Man,” “The Wire,” “Conviction,” and “Barbershop.” Gbenga is also the Founder and Managing Director of Liberated People, a social justice lifestyle brand. 

STARK SANDS (Horace Gilmer). Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony Award nomination, Grammy Award), American Idiot, Journey's End (Tony nomination, Theatre World Award).  Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night, The Tempest (AEA Bayfield Award), Nathan the Wise. Film credits include The PostInside Llewyn DavisFlags Of Our Fathers; Die Mommie, Die!; Shall We Dance; and 11:14. Television credits include “Minority Report,” “Generation Kill,” “NYC 22,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “Six Feet Under.” Education: BFA, University of Southern California.

DAKIN MATTHEWS (Judge Taylor). Broadway: The Iceman ComethWaitressThe AudienceRockyThe Best ManA Man for All SeasonsHenry IV (Drama Desk Award). New York: Shakespeare in the Park, The Bridge Project at BAM, Playwrights Horizons, City Center Encores!, and The Acting Company. Over 200 regional productions. Recent film credits include True GritLincolnBridge of Spies, and Zero Charisma. Over 250 television credits including “The King of Queens,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Gilmore Girls.”  Mr. Matthews is also a former Artistic Director of three professional companies, an award-winning playwright and translator, an Emeritus Professor of English, and a Shakespeare scholar.

ERIN WILHELMI (Mayella Ewell). Broadway: A Doll’s House, Part 2The Crucible. Off-Broadway: American Hero, The Great Immensity, Core ValuesThe Great God Pan. Regional: American Hero (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film: Sweet, Sweet Lonely GirlThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe English Teacher. Television: “Better Call Saul,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Knick,” “Eye Candy,” “Taxi Brooklyn,” “Gossip Girl.” Web-series: “The Accidental Wolf.” Education: BFA, University of Evansville.

DANNY MCCARTHY (Sheriff Heck Tate). Broadway: The Iceman Cometh, Grace. Off-Broadway: The Antipodes, The Open House, Kill Floor. Steppenwolf Theatre Company: The Minutes, The Flick, Middletown, The Pillowman, Take Me Out, The Water Engine. As a company member of A Red Orchid Theatre: Megacosm, Abigail’s Party, The Unseen. Film: Stronger, Elvis & Nixon, Killing Kennedy. Television: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Blue Bloods,” “Boardwalk Empire,” ”Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Elementary,” “Prison Break.”    

NEAL HUFF (Link Deas, Dr. Reynolds). Broadway: Willie Oban in The Iceman Cometh, Take Me Out, The Lion in Winter, The Tempest. Other theatre includes Luce, When I Come to Die, The Green Book, The Killing, Trumpery, The Foreigner, Rude Entertainment, Blue Window, and Troilus and Cressida. Film: Spotlight, Split, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nasty Baby, Moonrise Kingdom, Runoff, Meek’s Cutoff, Beirut. Television: “The Wire,” “Falling Water,” “The Affair,” “Girls,” “Person of Interest,” “Billions,” “Genius,” “The Abolitionists,” “Fringe.”  

 PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE (Mrs. Henry Dubose). Broadway: Over HereOnce in a Lifetime. Off-Broadway includes Signature Plays (Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning, Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro), I Remember MamaHappinessThe Night Hank Williams DiedMoe’s Lucky SevenLittle EgyptThe Sum of UsMarisol, and The Spitfire Grill. National Tour: ‘night, Mother. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, A.R.T., Long Wharf Theatre. Film credits include DianeBringing Out the DeadLittle ChildrenLucky YouStoker, The Double, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble). Television credits include “Castle Rock,” “Outsiders,” “Daredevil,” “House Of Cards,”  “The Blacklist,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Big C,” and “Our Souls at Night.”

LIV ROOTH (Miss Stephanie, Dill’s Mother; u/s Mayella Ewell, Mrs. Henry Dubose). Broadway: Venus in FurBorn YesterdayIs He Dead?. Off-Broadway: Lives of the SaintsAll in the Timing, Desire, Jane Eyre, Nice Girl, Blood and GiftsBeyond Therapy, Wife to James Whelan, Women Beware Women. Regional includes The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Describe the Night (Alley Theatre); Cry It Out (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Other People’s Money (Long Wharf Theatre); NoraLootSuddenly, Last Summer (Westport Country Playhouse); Surf Report (La Jolla Playhouse); Venus in Fur (Hartford TheaterWorks); and Noises Off (Hartford Stage Company). Film: Chuck. Television: “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife.” Education: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

DANNY WOLOHAN (Boo Radley, Mr. Cunningham). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway includes The Low Road, Assassins, An Octoroon, The Flick, Pocatello, Patron Saint, Verité, Constitution, and Gnit. Television: “The Blacklist,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Elementary,” “Veep,” “Boardwalk Empire.”

 LATANYA RICHARDSON JACKSON (Calpurnia). Extensive theatre credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; The Taming of the Shrewfor colored girls…, Spell #7, Casanova, and Unfinished Women (Public Theater); Stop Reset (Signature Theatre); August Wilson’s 20th Century cycle (Kennedy Center); Boogie Woogie and Booker T. (New Federal Theatre); The Talented Tenth (Manhattan Theatre Club); From the Mississippi Delta (Negro Ensemble Company); The Member of the Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Westside Theatre); and Elliot Loves (Promenade Theater). Film/Television credits include the narration of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (PBS “American Masters” documentary), The Fighting Temptations, U.S. Marshals, Freedomland, Losing Isaiah, Mother and Child, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Luke Cage,” “Damages,” and Sidney Lumet’s “100 Centre Street.” A graduate of Spellman College, LaTanya is married to actor Samuel L. Jackson, and they have one talented daughter, Zoe Dove.

BAIZE BUZAN (Ensemble; u/s Scout Finch, Mayella Ewell, Miss Stephanie, Dill’s Mother). Broadway debut. New York: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Smith Street Stage). Regional: Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre), Fat Pig (Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Repertory), Rich and Famous (Jackalope Theatre Company). Film: Speed Dating. Television: “Chicago Fire,” “Sirens.” Education: BA, Vassar College; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

THOMAS MICHAEL HAMMOND (Bailiff, Mob Member; u/s Atticus Finch, Horace Gilmer). Broadway: The Iceman Cometh, M. Butterfly, The Glass Menagerie, A View From the Bridge, The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, The Merchant of Venice. Off-Broadway: Hamlet; Julius Caesar; Cymbeline; Dr. Knock, or the Triumph of Medicine; The Madras House. Television: “Billions,” Happyish,” “Blue Bloods.”  

TED KOCH (Ensemble; u/s Bob Ewell, Sheriff Heck Tate, Mr. Cunningham). Broadway: Junk, Death of a Salesman, The Pillowman, Elling, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway includes The Gravedigger’s Lullaby; Abundance; Acolyte; In This, Our Time; Boy; Meshugah; and Donnybrook. National Tours: Frost/Nixon, Death of a Salesman. Film credits include Cold Souls, Love to Leenya, Hannibal, Autumn in New York, and Dinner Rush. Television credits include “The Punisher,” “Elementary,” “The Path,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist,” “The Americans,” “Blindspot,” and “The Sopranos.”


DAVID MANIS (Mr. Avery, Ensemble; u/s Judge Taylor, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Roscoe). Broadway: Straight White MenThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeWar HorseExit the King, The Coast of Utopia, A Free Man of Color, Henry IV, The Rivals, Arcadia, Morning's at SevenAbe Lincoln In Illinois. Off-Broadway includes The Government Inspector, Our Town, and four productions with Shakespeare in the Park.  Regional: Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, The Acting Company, and many others. Television: “Monk,” “Frasier,” “The King of Queens,” “The X-Files.

AUBIE MERRYLEES (Ensemble; u/s Jem Finch, Dill, Boo Radley, Bailiff, Mr. Roscoe). Broadway debut. National Tours: HamletSaint Joan (Bedlam Theatre Company). Regional includes Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theatre); Stupid Fucking BirdAt the Old Place, Charlotte’s Web (Arden Theatre Company); One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestEnd Days, Stargirl (People’s Light); The Aliens (Theatre Exile); and The Liar (The Lantern).  Education: BA, Brown University; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

DORON JÉPAUL MITCHELL (Ensembleu/s Tom Robinson). Broadway debut. Theatre credits include Good Men Wanted (New York Stage and Film); soft (The New Black Fest); The Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage Company); The Fortress of SolitudeThe Cherry Orchard (NYU); and a letter to… (playwright; world premiere, The National Black Theatre). Education: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

REBECCA WATSON (Ensemble; u/s Mrs. Henry Dubose, Miss Stephanie, Dill’s Mother). Broadway: By Jeeves. New York: The Cocoanuts, Hercules. Regional includes The Realistic Joneses (A.C.T.); To the Lighthouse (world premiere, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Old Times (Shakespeare Theatre Company); And the Curtain Rises (world premiere, Signature Theatre); and 1776, Me and My Girl (Goodspeed Opera House). Film: Rapid Eye Movement, The Foster Portfolio, Indignation. Television credits include “Instinct,” “The Looming Tower,” “High Maintenance,” “The Normal Heart,” “The Get Down,” “Difficult People,” “Flesh and Bone,” and “Law & Order.”

JEFF STILL (Mr. Roscoe, Mob Member; u/s Link Deas, Dr. Reynolds, Horace Gilmer, Sheriff Heck Tate). Broadway: Oslo, Thérèse RaquinFish in the Dark, August: Osage County (also National Tour), LombardiBronx Bombers. Off-Broadway: The Babylon LineThe City of ConversationTribes, Our Town, Adding Machine, Orson’s Shadow. Regional credits include Harry Brock in Born Yesterday (Guthrie Theater), the Stage Manager in Our Town (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Mark Rothko in Red (Pittsburgh Public Theater), and 13 productions with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company including Tracy Letts' The Minutes (world premiere). 

SHONA TUCKER (Ensemble; u/s Calpurnia). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway includes Well, Henry VI, Twelfth Night, Come Down Burning, From the Mississippi Delta, Marvin’s Room, and A Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Regional includes Yale Repertory Theatre, A.C.T., Arena Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include King Cobra, Preaching to the Choir, and Alice. Television credits include “Lights Out,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” and “One Life to Live.” She is an Associate Professor at Vassar College.

AARON SORKIN (Playwright). Broadway and Off-Broadway: A Few Good Men (Broadway debut; John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Playwright), Making MoviesThe Farnsworth Invention.  Film:  Molly’s Game (director and writer; Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and Writers Guild Award nominations for Best Screenplay), Steve Jobs (Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay), Moneyball (Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Writers Guild Award nominations for Best Screenplay), The Social Network (Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Writers Guild awards for Best Screenplay), Charlie Wilson’s War (Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay), The American President (Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay), Malice, A Few Good Men (Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay). Television: Writer and producer of  The Newsroom, The West Wing (Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive seasons, Golden Globe, Humanities Prize), “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Sports Night” (Television Critics’ Award for Best Comedy, Humanitas Prize).

BARTLETT SHER (Director). Lincoln Center Theater (Resident Director): South Pacific (Tony Award; also London and Australia); the current My Fair Lady, Oslo (Obie Award, Tony Award for Best Play; also National Theatre, London), The King and I (also London), Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and GoneAwake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award nominations); Blood and Gifts; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (also London). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Drama Desk Award), The Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway: Waste (Obie Award for Best Play), Cymbeline (Callaway Award; also Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Previously Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre (2000–2009), Company Director for the Guthrie Theater, and Associate Artistic Director at Hartford Stage Company. Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago); Faust (Baden Baden); Two Boys (English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera); Il Barbiere di Siviglia  (Baden Baden, Metropolitan Opera), OtelloIl Les Contes d’HoffmannLe Comte OryL’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). He currently serves on the board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. 

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