"To Kill a Mockingbird" at the IRT 

To Kill a Mockingbird will be on stage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre Jan. 23-Feb. 21. The stage adaptation, based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is set in a small Southern town during the Depression. Atticus Finch must teach his children, Scout and Jem, difficult lessons about racial tolerance, violence and prejudice when he goes against the community by defending a young black man falsely accused of a crime against a white woman.

A collaboration between Christ Church Cathedral and the Indiana Repertory Theatre has created three programs to complement the performance. An art exhibit featuring young artists from Ben Davis High School, Herron High School, the Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility and Monrovia Middle and High Schools will be displayed at the IRT, Christ Church Cathedral and other public venues throughout the city Jan. 24-Feb. 23. Students created two- or three-dimensional visual art pieces sparked by the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. The exhibit will be unveiled at the IRT Saturday, Jan. 24.

A panel discussion, "Prophetic Voices," will be held Jan. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the IRT. It is designed to be provocative, inspirational and, ideally, transforming. The panel features the Rev. Dr. James Wheeler, Christian Theological Seminary; the Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Church Federation of Indianapolis; Ms. Jackie Nytes, representative of Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council; and is moderated by the very Rev. Steve Carlsen, Christ Church Cathedral. This panel discussion supports the IRT's mission to provide experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people, thereby helping to build a vital and vibrant community.

Finally, an interfaith worship service with both lay and clergy representatives from various religious traditions will feature pivotal moments in dialogue from To Kill a Mockingbird, prophetic readings from several sacred scriptures, uplifting music and prayers for reconciliation and healing. It will be held Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle.

For more information about these events, contact the IRT administrative offices at 317-635-5277.

Tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird are $29-$44 for adults and $15 for students. For tickets and information, call the ticket office at 317-635-5252 or go to www.irtlive.com. The IRT is located at 140 W. Washington St.

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