It's the Barnes & Noble Bookfair, and this year The Media Theatre is a part of it. Known for producing new and classic musicals, the theatre has started an annual tradition of producing one well known play based on classic literature. The 2015-16 Broadway Series features the title "To Kill A Mockingbird", which will be brought to life onstage with professional actors January 27 to February 14, 2016.
The play is based on Harper Lee's legendary novel, which is a must-read for all high school students. Harper Lee has been in the news a lot recently, as the sequel to the famous book is being released on July 14. This is the reason for The Media Theatre's participation in the Barnes & Noble 2015 Bookfair.
The books you order or purchase from Barnes & Noble during the 2 week period of July 1 to July 14 do not have to be Harper Lee titles, however. You may purchase any title you are interested in and use the code 11654183 when ordering to support the theatre, which receives 10% of sales. (The more you order, the more the theatre receives! If at least two thousand dollars of sales comes from the special code, the theatre gets 20%!)
So if you are ordering books for summer reading on the beach or at home, back-to-school textbooks, or want to buy a nice gift for a family member or friend, do it during July 1 to July 14 and use the code 11654183. The Media Theatre thanks you!
As part of the promotion, the theatre is providing professional actors who will read from "To Kill A Mockingbird" on Saturday July 13 at the Barnes & Noble store in Center City Philadelphia on Walnut Street at Rittenhouse Square. Anna Rosenthal, JD Triolo, K. Whitney Rogers, Kelly Briggs, and Tamara Anderson will all lend their talents to the book reading between the hours of 11am and 8pm on the hour and the half hour.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" is also The Media Theatre's addition to Black History Month when it is performed in February. The play is adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's novel. The moving play, in which attorney Atticus Finch defends a young black man wrongfully accused of a crime in 1935 Alabama, is still relevant today. Racial struggles are apparent on stage in the drama which is a strong reminder that we, as a people, still have a long way to go. It's inspiring and educational for all ages, students, families, and church groups of all denominations.
The book's sequel, "Go Set A Watchman", is being released on the final day of The Media Theatre/ Barnes & Noble promotion (July 14).
For information about purchasing books call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100. To order tickets to "To Kill A Mockingbird" at The Media Theatre, visit mediatheatre.org