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To Kill a Mockingbird

February 28, 2024

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history” (60 Minutes). Rolling Stone gives it 5 stars, calling it “an emotionally shattering landmark production of an American classic,” and New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).

Show Runtime
 2 hours and 55 minutes including an intermission.
Age Recommendation & Restriction
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Please be advised that this production contains racially explicit language & costuming, references of sexual abuse, and brief gunfire audio.

*Children under the age of 2 will not be admitted to Broadway in Richmond performances. 
Ticket Request Criteria for To Kill a Mockingbird:
  • Tickets will ONLY be given out in pairs (2 tickets). 
  • We ask that each person requesting tickets be a student at a local college/university in the greater Richmond / Tri-Cities area.
  • Requesting tickets on the form linked below does NOT guarantee that you will receive tickets for the show.  Confirmed recipients will receive an email with additional details on how to retrieve their tickets. 
  • Please do not submit more than one request per household.  Duplicate entries will be deleted. 
* Please keep in mind that this program is intended to expand access to Broadway In Richmond shows and eliminate barriers many families face when attending performances. While we do not ask for verification of financial need, we do ask that you only request tickets if you feel that your request is in line with this intent.

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Pre-Show Information

6:00 pm | Altria Theater Ballroom

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Through workshops, retreats, and customized programs that raise knowledge, motivation, and skills, VCIC develops leaders who work together to achieve success throughout the Commonwealth.

Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D. Professor of Graduate Pedagogy in Acting and Directing at Virginia Commonwealth University is the Artistic Director of The Conciliation Project, a non-profit social justice theatre company whose mission is “To promote through active and challenging dramatic work open and honest dialogue about racism and oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy.” Dr.T is a playwright, director, actor, poet, writer/scholar-activist, and teacher. She has appeared in the Tony Award Winning company of the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival’s production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the rainbow is enuf” performing in both the national and international touring companies. Her television, film, industrial, voice over and commercial credits are extensive. Pettiford-Wates most recently directed the Regional Premiere of “Berta, Berta” for TNT at The Firehouse Theatre to wonderful reviews. Some her most favorite directing projects include “Fences” to critical acclaim for the Virginia Repertory Theatre Company and “Deep River” the Marion Anderson Story for the Virginia Opera
Company, and “The Niceties” for The Conciliation Lab’s inaugural season. Her production of “The Top of Bravery”, produced by Quill Theatre and Theatre Lab received an ARTSIE for Best Original Work from the Richmond Theatre Critic’s Circle. Her work with The Conciliation Project has created several original performance pieces in collaboration with the Institute for Contemporary Art , MCV and Theatre VCU. This work has intentionally engaged communities around issues of race, racism, and historic and systemic oppression. In Fall 2022, The Conciliation Project in association with Theatre VCU produced an original performance piece funded by The Carpenter Foundation called “WHITESPLAINING”. The play promoted a larger community dialogue around race and historic systems of oppression and was well received.

Dr. T wrote a weekly opinion column for over 10 years for Urban Views Weekly, a local community news outlet. She is a contributing author in the new acting theorist book tilted, Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches, edited by Sharell Luckett and Tia Shaffer, Routledge, NY, NY, 2016. A second edition with updated material will be coming out in the fall of 2024. The Conciliation Project has been contracted with the NEA (National Education Association to present and lead ongoing workshops on themes surrounding DEI for their annual national conferences in 2023 and 2024 in Seattle, Washington and Las Vegas, Nevada respectively. She continues to present classes and workshops on deconstructing Eurocentric models of arts education all over the US and facilitate workshops and training in anti-racism, restorative justice, trauma healing, and creating community through truth-telling and sharing our rites of passage stories. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates continues to be voice talent for many national and regional brands such as Dukes Mayonnaise, Aetna Healthcare, GRTC,
Hoyle, and HALO. She has been teaching theatre at VCU since 2004.

Desirée Dabney (B.F.A,M.Ed) is a professional actor, singer, director, teacher, and Executive Director of Theatre Diva Productions in Richmond, VA. She has recently been seen in a National Commercial for Google, Everybody (Love) at Cadence Theatre, Times Square Angel at Richmond Triangle Players, Warm (Ensemble) a Firehouse Theatre production, Quill Theatre Taming of the Shrew (Hortensio), University Of Richmond Caroline or Change (Caroline), Quill Theatre Red Velvet (Connie) and Virginia Repertory Production of Pinkalicious (Dr. Wink) and more. Desirée received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2014. She has been in over 100 productions including commercials, films, TV Shows (Apple TV and CBS) musicals and plays. Professor Dabney is Head of Musical Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University, Board Member Virginia Theatre Association, Board member with Richmond Triangle Players, Board Member of Yes And! Theatrical Productions, Owner and Executive Director of Theatre Diva Productions, and on the board for Fine Arts Education (Theatre) Virginia Department of Education.