harper lee

Geva's new production of To Kill a Mockingbird hits the stage February 16, and the theatre is tying threads throughout the local arts community. Students from School of the Arts (SOTA) are shadowing their professional counterparts, culminating in their own chance to perform the show. The George Eastman Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film version of To Kill a Mockingbird next week. And Writers & Books will host a class called "Re-Imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," allowing the public to get closer to the story before the production opens on stage. Our guests:

  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director, Geva Theatre Center
  • Skip Greer, playing Atticus Finch on the Geva stage
  • Catherine Yeager, member of the Moving Image Team, George Eastman Museum
  • Lorie Dengler Dewey, director of SOTA’s To Kill A Mockingbird and SOTA drama faculty member
  • Bill McDonough, student actor

Harper Lee's "sequel" to To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, hits stores on Tuesday. The advance press has - let's be blunt - freaked out many longtime fans, especially those who idolize Atticus Finch. That's because in this book, Finch is older and has become a bitter segregationist. Scout feels he has become a symbol of what he used to fight against. Should this book have been published? It was, in effect, a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. We'll discuss what this means for the legacy of Atticus Finch and the original novel with our guests:

  • Evvy Fanning, English teacher at Pittsford Sutherland High School
  • Sejal Shah, writer and creative writing teacher
  • Carlo Devito, publishing industry executive