Famed Broadway Play Inherit the Wind Brings Spirited Debate to the Hillbarn Theatre
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The last date listed for Inherit the Wind was Sunday November 12, 2006 / 2:00pm.
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
<p>Based on the controversial 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, Inherit the Wind follows the trial of a high school science teacher who has been arrested for reading Darwin's The Origin of Species to his class. As the tiny, obscure town of Hillsboro hosts the "trial of the century," what happens on stage evolves into one of the greatest courtroom dramas in theatre history. The playwrights note: "Inherit the Wind is not about the theory of evolution versus the literal interpretation of the Bible. It assaults those who would constrict any human being's right to think, to teach, to learn. Our major theme is 'the dignity of the individual human mind' ... Humanity is on trial. Anyone who would limit thought is on trial." </p>
About the Ticket Supplier: Hillbarn Theatre
Hillbarn Theatre boasts a seventy-two-year long history in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning as Peninsula Little Theatre in 1934, Hillbarn performed in school auditoriums, under the direction of Robert Brauns, as part of the College of San Mateo Adult Education Program. Hillbarn's founders, Brauns, Sam Rolph and Ralph Schram took the name "Hillbarn" from two outdoor summers at a barn on a hill on the Belmont-San Mateo border. At this site, the traditions of free intermission coffee and a courtyard bonfire were born.