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Panel dives into ‘Huckleberry Finn’ in advance of Book-It show
A public discussion about the issues surrounding “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Book-It Theatre’s next production, is April 1, 2013, at Town Hall Seattle.
What is “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” without its original 200-plus racial epithets? And what is an English classroom without Huck Finn? Answers might range from “appropriate for our times” to “censored.” A Monday presentation at Town Hall Seattle that ties in with Book-It Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: UNCENSORED” (April 16-May 12) examines various approaches to Twain’s text.
Participants include the show’s director, Jane Jones, adapter Judd Parkin, Franklin High School teacher David Ehrich, poet and teaching artist Daemond Arrindell and Book-It director of education Gail Sehlhorst. Actors Christopher Morson (Huck) and Geoffery Simmons (Jim) will also appear. In true teacherly fashion, Ehrich advises the audience to do some homework: Read or reread Chapters I — XI of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $5 (888-377-4510 or www.townhallseattle.org).
Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic