“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” -Harper Lee
Rarely do I have the opportunity as an actor and artist to be a part of something so poignant and life changing as my current project with Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s To Kill A Mockingbird (running Sept 24-Oct 2, 2016). Not only do I acutely identify with Harper Lee’s voice as a Southern woman writer, but I also struggle with coming to terms with the injustice and inequality in my country and in my home of the Deep South. Lee’s narrative strikes profound resonance in my being, affecting every nerve in me.
The beauty of her work is that these heroes and villains are so heartbreakingly human. As Atticus explains to Scout, “This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home.” It is with this type of understanding that we at TSC have approached the story, not as a means to attack but rather as a vehicle for understanding.
This production of To Kill A Mockingbird with Tennessee Shakespeare Company has been a phenomenal experience for me. The cast and crew have such care and consideration for this poignant story. I weep that this story is still relevant to today’s times of poverty, violence, and darkness; however, I’m proud that I have the opportunity to be part of this work. Like Miss Maudie tells Scout, “Well, we’re taking a step–it’s just a baby step, but it’s a step.”
We have only this weekend of shows left (Sept 29-Oct 2, 2016). I’d love to share this with you. Tickets available at the door at Hutchison School or at www.tnshakespeare.org.
Until Next Time,