Good Behavior / Bad Behavior:

One reason its many admirers have praised To Kill a Mockingbird is for its depiction of the struggle of good to overcome evil. That victory never happens, of course. We might rather say that Harper Lee shows us the pyrrhic (fruitless or sacrificial) victory of evil over good. But there is no question that To […]

Costuming To Kill a Mockingbird

An Interview with Costume Designer, Ellen MacKay Is this period—the 1930s, the Depression—a particularly difficult one to dress? The difficulty of the 1930s is that it’s a period that we can’t readily shop. Clothes from the 1960s, 70s, and beyond are fairly easy to find at thrift stores, vintage stores and online retailers. But clothes […]

Lynching in the 20th Century: Key Documents

by Professor Alex Lichtenstein, IU Dept of History This pamphlet, printed in 1934, advertises an organizational meeting of the International Labor Defense to organize a protest on behalf of the Scottsboro defendents. Notice the concern over “bloody lynchers” and the cruelties of the Southern prison system.   Also in 1934, the NAACP rallied behind a […]

Good Behavior: Meet Thomas Atkins, IU Student Body President

  On July 11, 1960, J.B. Lippincott and Co. published Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In his biography of Harper Lee, I Am Scout, Charles Shields writes that Mockingbird “… seemed to have tapped into the important concerns of the era,” particularly “the growing national interest in […]

Boo: The Hidden Harper Lee

by Lauren Haynes Childhood On July 11, 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published. It was a day that would change forever the life of Harper Lee as well as countless admiring readers. Yet Lee has never written another novel since and has become somewhat cynical about the fame that her masterpiece brought her. Nelle […]

American Dreams Season At Cardinal Stage: ‘Bachelorette’

The setting for Leslye Headland’s dark comedy Bachelorette is a posh Manhattan hotel suite. Bride-to-be Becky, played by Emily Solt, is anticipating a lovely evening of bonding with her maid of honor. But the maid has invited a couple of rowdy friends along and in an evening fueled with champagne, stronger chemicals and even stronger […]

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