‘Mockingbird’ production at risk in Harper Lee’s hometown

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama hometown of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is known for staging an annual play based on her classic novel. The production brings visitors worldwide to the city of Monroeville.

Yet the future of the performance is in jeopardy.

Records show organizers of the play haven’t been able to obtain rights to stage the play after this year. That means the city could lose an annual spring event that’s considered a big part of the local economy.

Meeting minutes from a board that produces the play show that officials are trying to work out a deal with an attorney for Lee.

The play opens Wednesday with a performance for schoolchildren. It features townspeople portraying characters from Lee’s classic story of racial injustice in the Deep South.