The timing of the Kentucky Theater's Summer Classics Series this year has been uncanny.
Gone with the Wind was scheduled the week after a racially motivated massacre in Charleston brought renewed scrutiny to all things related to the Confederacy.
Now, To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee's classic novel, plays Wednesday, a day after its sequel, which sat unpublished for 55 years, was released.
Lee wrote the sequel, called Go Set a Watchman, before she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, and it has been reported that the book is an early version of Mockingbird, set 20 years in the future.
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The new book has sparked some outrage, however, after some early reviews revealed a dramatic change in Atticus Finch, who is now portrayed as an aging racist.
It's a shock to fans of Lee's first novel, who revered Atticus as a model father figure and citizen.
The character is said to have inspired generations of children to become lawyers, teachers and social workers because of his high moral standing.
But the sudden recalibration of an icon has supporters, too.
According to an article in the New York Times, some writers and literary critics have found comfort in a more nuanced, flawed Atticus.
For those who might not know the story, To Kill a Mockingbird is about growing up, and the morals learned along the way.
The protagonist — Scout, almost 6 — her brother and their friend Dill learn to put themselves in others' shoes, to keep fighting in the face of certain loss, that the world is an unfair place, and, of course, to never kill mockingbirds.
But delving any further into the characters or the themes seems futile now that the fabric of the story has been disrupted by the new book.
The film adaptation is slightly different from Lee's novel, and it focuses more on the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of sexually assaulting a white woman, than the coming-of-age story with which so many readers fell in love.
Obviously, the main difference is the first-person narration of the book, which isn't necessarily feasible on film. Rather, the film uses voice-over to set the scene.
The book is an American staple, but the film maintains a strong foothold in America's historical canon, winning three Oscars — including to Gregory Peck for his iconic performance as Atticus — and earning five other Academy Award nominations.