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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: David Wood Responds to Susie Potter’s TAE Review of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

TIP executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III stars as heroic smalltown attorney Atticus Finch and directs "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Ira David Wood III stars as heroic small-town attorney Atticus Finch and directs “To Kill a Mockingbird” at TIP

Dear Susie,

Thank you so much for your kind words about our current production of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s an honor to share the stage with such a talented cast, backed up by such an incredible production crew.

I couldn’t help but smile, though, at your reference to the eyeglasses slipping as being accidental. It’s an “accident” that happens during every performance!

When I did the role several years ago in Texas, a friend said, “I hope you’re going to do the business with the eyeglasses. It’s classic!” — and I knew exactly what he meant. In the movie version, Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) slides his glasses up on his forehead before trying to shoot the mad dog. When he tries to aim the rifle, the glasses slip down on his nose. He completes the business by simply tossing the glasses to the ground. What you saw was taken straight from the movie … and it happens during each performance. I shall take your remark as a compliment in that it all appeared to seem accidental — which was the

Thank you again for coming. I’m glad you liked the show. It is indeed a joy to step into that role and onto that stage.

Ira David Wood III
Director and “Atticus Finch”
To Kill a Mockingbird

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