Photo by Jerry Lamonica, 2011


November 5-29

New this year! All students attend FREE.


For over six years, Literature Live! has brought great literary works to life on stage for Long Island audiences including students from over 50 schools, from Wyandanch to Montauk. To Kill A Mockingbird is based on the novel by Harper Lee that was published in 1960. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize and became a classic of modern American Literature. Its central themes of racial injustice, the destruction of innocence, and the cost of courage struck right to the heart of a nation at the height of its civil rights movement, and are still deeply relevant to young people today.The plot and characters are loosely based on actual observations made by the author as a child pertaining to an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936. The novel was later made into an Oscar winning film in 1962. The character of Atticus Finch has served as a moral hero for many readers and the book itself is one of the most widely read books dealing with race in America. LITERATURE LIVE’s fully staged professional production and its supporting programming offer students the unique opportunity to explore this classic tale and its themes in a variety of ways. In advance of the performance, for the first time this year, your students have the option of being visited by a guest teaching artist who will lead the class in an interactive lesson dealing with the central themes of the piece.



Photo by Jerry Lamonica, 2011


Literature Live! is a BOCES-approved Arts-in-Education program. Plays chosen are from standards-based literature and are supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. All performances are 90 minutes and weekday shows are followed by a question and answer session.

"The Literature Live! program consistently showcases superb productions of often-taught classic works; it dovetails beautifully with high school English Language Arts curricula, allowing students to experience a work read in class in a different medium, to analyze and compare directorial and authorial choices, and to think critically about genre, point of view, character motivation, and how a work changes from page to stage. The talk-backs with cast and director following student performances are an extra, enlightening treat. Literature Live! is a highlight of the year for students and faculty alike; we’re so lucky to have Bay Street Theatre close by and generously committed to supporting the education of local students."

Tom House
English Teacher, Bridgehampton School

What is Literature Live?

LITERATURE LIVE! brings the power of the word from the page to the stage. Using curriculum-based literature, Bay Street Theatre creates a unique learning experience by bringing professional theatre artists together to present first class productions. The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are only increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing and telling their stories right before their eyes.

Why is it appropriate for schools?

Bay Street Theatre will select standards-based literature, and this program will be supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. In addition, we will provide a "Q&A" session with the cast.

Who should attend?

LITERATURE LIVE! is designed specifically with middle and high school age students, their teachers and administrators in mind. In addition, Bay Street Theatre will present the play on weekends for family audiences, and other types of groups (such as seniors, churches, and temples) who may wish to attend.

How can you book your group or school?

You can bring a group of any size from 1 - 299! Call the Box Office 631-725-9500.


Please help us meet our fundraising goal to keep this program alive!