To Kill a Mockingbird goes Broadway


Jaden Soloman, Staff Writer

 To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, takes place in the 1930’s and has themes of southern gothic, Coming-of-Age, and and fiction. The characters include Atticus Finch, Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, and Boo Radley. Throughout the story these characters are trying to make it through the Great Depression. This story shows the harsh times of the Great Depression and show how hard life was during the time period.

  Because the book was an immediate success, and won many awards such as the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Quill award for audio books, producers decided it would become a great play. The directors of the play are Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels. The main reason that many people opposed to the production of the play was because of a few added characters and the changing of the opening scene. Along with a lawsuit attempted by Harper Lee’s lawyers people also believe that the book took place in a very racial discriminated time period, so people now should move past these times. People should focus on more current issues.

  But, on the other hand there are fans who believe that it is still relevant to focus on racism, as it still happens today. The first scheduled play was said to be on December 13, 2018, and was also said to be a success.

  English teacher Lena Resin stated, “ Even though characters and some aspects of the play would be changed, I still believe that the play would be a success, depending on the cast.”

  Even though there was much controversy about whether or not to make this great novel a play, instead of focusing on the “drama” fans should focus more on the main focuses of the story.