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On Stage

Updated: Jul 21, 2019

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is now playing on stage at the Shubert Theatre in New York City.

Hawaii Five-0 veteran Jeff Daniels (Flight of the Jewels) plays Atticus Finch, father of Jem and Scout and defender of the wrongly accused. In the words of their neighbor, Miss Maudie Atkinson, "There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them."

Miss Harper Lee couldn't have written a finer book. It needs to be remembered for all the lessons it teaches us. The book was published in 1960 and gained instant recognition, going on to win the Pulitzer Prize. It was followed in 1962 by a movie starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The screenplay was written by Horton Foote, who also wrote the screenplays for "Of Mice and Men" and "The Trip to Bountiful," among many others. He wrote the stage play "The Traveling Lady" in which Jack starred with Kim Stanley, then-wife of Five-0 veteran Alfred Rider (The Late John Louisiana).

I'd say Mr. Daniels has his work cut out for him.

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