Before reading the article:
Have you read Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Have you ever watched a movie or play version of the novel? If so, what are your thoughts?
Are you aware there is a new theatrical production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Aaron Sorkin, that premiered on Broadway in late 2018?
Read this excerpt from the New York Times review by Jesse Green:
Also effective, exhilarating even, are the interventions by which Mr. Sorkin set out to correct — or, let’s say, extrapolate — the novel’s politics for our time.
He had to do something. In a novel, we accept the worldview of the narrator, however limited or objectionable. Scout, who is barely 6 at the start of the story, can use words in print that would make her instantly unsympathetic onstage. We also accept that a first-person portrait of a white child’s moral awakening to racism will primarily focus on how it affects the white people around her.
But onstage, a work about racial injustice in which its principal black characters have no agency would be intolerable, so Mr. Sorkin makes a series of adjustments. With Scout’s point of view subordinated, we see Atticus through our own eyes instead of hers, making him the firm center of the story.
This gives Mr. Sorkin room to expand the roles of the two main black characters Atticus deals with: his client Tom (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and his housekeeper, Calpurnia. In Tom’s case, the expansion is subtle, largely a matter of giving him the dignity of voicing his own predicament. “I was guilty as soon as I was accused,” he says — adapting a line that was Scout’s in the book.
Calpurnia (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) gets a bigger remake. Bossy toward the children but deferential toward white adults in Lee’s account, she serves in the play as Atticus’s foil and needling conscience. Mocking his argument that Maycomb needs more time to overcome racism, she says, “How much time would Maycomb like?” Their tart but loving squabbles remind Scout of hers with Jem: They behave, she realizes, like brother and sister.
If you’re interested in learning more, then read the entire review. Does the review make you want to see the play? Why?
Now, read the article, “‘Mockingbird’ Producer Reconsiders, Letting Local Plays Go Forward,” and answer the following questions:
1. Who is Scott Rudin? What “barrage of criticism” did he face? Why?
2. What did Mr. Rudin do as an attempt to make peace with the theater companies affected by the contractual provision he holds for his version of the play “To Kill a Mockingbird”?
3. What “practical matter” makes it difficult for some theater companies to accept Mr. Rudin’s offer? Why do others see the offer as a fine opportunity?
4. How does the article explain the differences between Mr. Sorkin’s script for “To Kill a Mockingbird” that is currently on Broadway and the novel by Ms. Lee on which it is based?
5. Do you think Mr. Rudin made the right decision on Friday in granting licenses to local theaters to stage the new version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” while the show is on Broadway? Do you think he should not have tried to shut down productions around the country of the decades-old script by the playwright Christopher Sergel in the first place? Why, or why not?
Finally, tell us more about what you think:
In a related article published last week, before Mr. Rudin “offered an olive branch to the affected theaters,” Lyn Adams, the executive director of the Oklahoma Children’s Theater, is quoted as saying, “The truth is our audiences are high school and middle school kids, and I just don’t know how we would hurt anybody.”
Do you think the intended audience for the productions should be taken into consideration in this situation? Why or why not?
The article continues:
The theaters are caught in the middle of a dispute between the Lee estate and Dramatic Publishing Company, founded in 1885, which sells theaters the rights to put on the play.
The estate’s lawyers sent several letters to Dramatic over the last few weeks protesting its granting of rights to a number of theaters. The letters invoked a 1969 contract between Lee and Dramatic that blocks “Mockingbird” productions within 25 miles of cities that had a population of 150,000 or more in 1960 (the last census year before the agreement was signed) while a “first-class dramatic play” based on the novel is playing in New York or on tour.
Since this contract is still binding, does it complicate your stance on where and for whom the performance is intended? If you were asked for your advice about this matter by the Lee estate, what would you say? Why?
Related: Our lesson plan Teaching ‘Mockingbird,’ ‘Watchman’ and Harper Lee With The New York TimesB:
六个数复试二中二多少组“【我】【还】【没】【有】【去】【过】【矿】【区】。”【句】【芒】【说】【道】。 【唐】【闲】【并】【不】【意】【外】，【几】【个】【秩】【序】【之】【子】【从】【小】【接】【受】【的】【教】【育】【其】【实】【和】【黎】【小】【虞】【有】【些】【相】【似】。【他】【们】【更】【喜】【欢】【的】，【都】【是】【高】【度】【现】【代】【化】【的】【城】【市】【型】【环】【境】。 “【只】【有】【羲】【和】【去】【过】【几】【次】，【在】【实】【验】【体】【们】【无】【法】【抓】【到】【一】【些】【高】【等】【级】【万】【兽】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【会】【亲】【自】【去】【捕】【捉】，【而】【且】【也】【是】【我】【和】【羲】【和】【最】【早】【解】【决】【了】【燃】【烧】【天】【赋】【的】【问】【题】。【如】【果】【他】【没】【死】【就】
【翌】【日】，【杭】【湾】【市】【各】【大】【经】【济】【金】【融】【网】【站】【和】【微】【信】【公】【众】【号】【的】【头】【版】【头】【条】【都】【在】【滚】【动】【播】【放】【着】【腾】【跃】【集】【团】【的】【新】【闻】。 【只】【不】【过】，【这】【新】【闻】【不】【是】【什】【么】【好】【事】【就】【是】【了】！ “【腾】【跃】【集】【团】【以】8%【的】【股】【权】【购】【入】【安】【泽】【公】【司】wechet【销】【售】【模】【式】【的】【独】【家】【使】【用】【权】！” “【腾】【跃】【集】【团】【流】【动】【资】【金】【出】【现】【危】【机】，【无】【力】【对】【抗】wechet【模】【式】！” “【腾】【跃】【集】【团】【后】【继】【无】【人】
“【孟】【心】，【情】【况】【不】【妙】，【据】【前】【方】【探】【子】【回】【报】【的】【消】【息】，【异】【种】【大】【军】【已】【经】【逼】【近】【根】【据】【地】，【随】【时】【有】【可】【能】【发】【现】【我】【们】。【我】【想】【我】【们】【应】【该】【尽】【快】【撤】【离】【了】。” 【凯】【多】【语】【重】【心】【长】【的】【说】【道】。 【听】【到】【凯】【多】【的】【话】，【孟】【心】【并】【不】【显】【得】【吃】【惊】，【嘴】【角】【微】【微】【扬】【起】，【喃】【喃】【道】：“【看】【来】【机】【会】【已】【经】【来】【了】……” “【什】【么】？” 【凯】【多】【没】【听】【清】【孟】【心】【在】【说】【什】【么】。 【孟】【心】【笑】【着】【摆】【了】
【意】【识】【朦】【胧】【的】【姜】【可】【儿】【轻】【轻】【点】【了】【点】【头】。 【恶】【灵】【分】【身】，【遭】【受】【了】【重】【创】。 【毕】【竟】【是】【一】【群】【高】【阶】【妖】【师】，【实】【力】【都】【是】【初】【圣】【者】【层】【次】。 【连】【小】【光】【仗】【着】【身】【体】【力】【量】【优】【势】【有】【一】【次】【突】【袭】【的】【机】【会】，【轰】【击】【碎】【裂】【大】【地】【之】【甲】【命】【中】【丁】【三】【眉】【心】。 【此】【后】，【连】【小】【光】【也】【不】【敢】【去】【补】【刀】，【让】【丁】【三】【必】【死】，【可】【丁】【三】【现】【在】【必】【定】【是】【性】【命】【垂】【危】。 【随】【后】【他】【便】【极】【速】【赶】【到】【姜】【可】【儿】【的】【位】【置】六个数复试二中二多少组“【这】【皇】【上】，【怎】【么】【与】【燕】【王】【对】【骂】【起】【来】【了】？” “【是】【啊】，【大】【敌】【当】【前】，【这】【不】【被】【人】【看】【笑】【话】【吗】？” “【就】【是】，【就】【是】，【诶】？【你】【看】？【燕】【王】【怎】【么】【又】【跟】【那】【哲】【哲】【木】【嘴】【炮】【上】【了】？” .
【白】【氏】【想】【要】【争】【辩】，【却】【被】【二】【房】【夫】【妻】【两】【个】【三】【言】【两】【语】【给】【驳】【回】【了】。 【在】【众】【人】【的】【眼】【里】，【白】【氏】【成】【了】【不】【孝】【顺】【的】【媳】【妇】，【国】【公】【夫】【人】【则】【是】【受】【了】【媳】【妇】【气】【的】【可】【怜】【婆】【婆】。 【白】【氏】【性】【子】【软】【弱】【惯】【了】，【面】【对】【着】【众】【人】【指】【责】【的】【目】【光】，【刚】【刚】【才】【提】【起】【来】【的】【那】【点】【勇】【气】【烟】【消】【云】【散】，【只】【知】【道】【低】【着】【头】【不】【吭】【声】。 【国】【公】【夫】【人】【一】【看】【白】【氏】【那】【个】【样】【子】，【就】【知】【道】【这】【件】【事】【自】【己】【算】【是】【赢】【了】，