Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie is playing Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the upcoming co-production between Fort Worth's Casa Mañana and the Dallas Theater Center. The production begins in Fort Worth, running Sept. 24-Oct. 2 at Casa, and then Oct. 21-Nov. 20 at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas.
Crombie was the replacement for Bob Martin as the Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway, and also performed that role in tour, including the stop that came to Dallas. You might know him as the young Gilbert Blythe in the 1985 TV movie version of Anne of Green Gables, a role to which he returned in 2000's Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. And if you were a fan of the terrific Slings and Arrows, he was the playwright, Lionel, in the Macbeth season (the second). A video clip of Crombie in that role is embedded below.
Casa and DTC are also launching a Community Read of Harper Lee's classic novel, and related events will include a film screening of the 1962 film at the Fort Worth Public Library and elsewhere, screenings of the documentary Hey Boo, and more. Here's more on all that.
Here's the rest of the cast for Mockingbird, which is directed by Wendy Dann, and is heavily local:
Morgan Richards as Scout
David Allen Norton as Jem
James Dybas as Bob Ewell
Aidan Langford as Dill
Van Quattro as Boo Radley
Akron Watson as Tom Robinson
Anastasia Munoz as Mayella
Pam Dougherty as Mrs. Dubose
Greg Dulcie as Judge Taylor and Walter Cunningham, Sr.
Matthew Gray as Heck Tate
Bob Hess as Mr. Gilmer
Akin Babatunde as Reverend Sykes
Denise Lee as Calpurnia
Sally Vahle as Miss Maudie Atkinson
Dawson Holder as Walter
Bob Reed as Doctor and Clerk