America's longest-running classical touring company, the National Players will stage an adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for the first time in its 65-year history. The story is set in 1935. Scout, a young girl living in the tired old town of Maycomb, Alabama, is about to experience a summer that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus Finch. The black people of the community have a special feeling for Scout's father and she doesn't know why. Atticus, a lawyer, explains that he is defending a young black man wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph.
National Players is a unique theater ensemble that brings innovative productions to communities across the United States. Its company of young professional actors introduces audiences to great works of literature that are rich in stories and characters. Their productions inspire imagination and wonder, spark curiosity about the self and the world, and celebrate what it means to be human.
Tickets are available for order online, by phone (715-836-4636 or 800-949-8932), in person at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby or at the door the day of the event.
The Artists Series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Performers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community members.
General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. The Artists Series was created in 1965 and is now in its 50th season promoting the performing arts. The series continues to seek development of aesthetic awareness, interdisciplinary appreciation and cultivation of a multicultural experience.
Photo caption: National Players members performing "To Kill a Mockingbird"