Inherit the Wind: The Classic Courtroom Drama Re-Imagined
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The last date listed for Inherit the Wind was Saturday October 1, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Great play!! Cleverly directed with excellent work by 8 actors playing about 20+ roles . Usually, the mere donning of a hat, change of posture and change of accent/ voice inflexion transformed characters very convincingly. Good content (the trial of a teacher who taught students about Darwin's theory of evolution). Serious subject but with some levity and a few laughs here and there. In light of the recent focus on creationism in the Republican party, very timely. Although this play has been around for a long time, I'd never seen it and didn't really expect it to be so engaging. I'd give it 5 stars except that a 5 really has to knock me out of my chair. This was just a great play totally worthy of seeing. Small venue so no bad seats. You really see the actors up close -- always a plus.
“If today you can take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in the public school, tomorrow you can ban books and the newspapers. If you can do one you can do the other. Ignorance and fanaticism is ever busy and needs feeding. Always it is feeding and gloating for more.”—Clarence Darrow.
Most of what Americans know about the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, they learned from Inherit the Wind — either the stage play or the film — written thirty years after the case. Speaking as much to the dangers of McCarthyism as to the debate over evolution, Jerome Lawrence and R. E. Lee escalated the politics of science and religion that fuel American elections today.
Strawberry Theatre Workshop invites Seattle audiences to examine the original “Trial of the Century” again in September 2011, with a unique eight-person cast version of the play designed to focus the chaos.
Todd Jefferson Moore plays Matthew Harrison Brady, the three-time Presidential candidate and celebrity prosecutor (based on William Jennings Bryan). Reginald Andre Jackson plays Henry Drummond, the Chicago attorney (based on Darrow) summoned to Tennessee by the ACLU to make the case for intellectual freedom.
Directed by Greg Carter (The Laramie Project), the rest of the ensemble swirl around the courtroom as the mob-like citizens of Hillsboro, Tennessee. The agitators include Patrick Lennon, Emily Chisholm, Nick Garrison, and Rob Burgess.