Inherit the Wind by Jerome LawrenceA meaningful play based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution. The accused was a slight, frightened man whod deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus, the chief gladiators being the two great legal giants of the century. Locked in mortal combat, they bellowed & roared imprecations & abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely restraining themselves. Americas freedom was at stake.
Inherit the Wind
A quote from the "Cleveland Plain Dealer" in ? Hard to believe, but it's from a article in the "New York Times. Lee's legendary play, "Inherit the Wind," continues to endure. The tightly written script, full of courtroom histrionics, Bible-thumping, and chest-beating, punctuated by good old gospel music, is a marvel of stagecraft, and the new production with Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer is good bet to win the Tony for Best Revival. As the old-timey band situated on top of the bleac'ers erected for the Honorable Col. More than 80 years have passed since the Scopes "monkey trial" but the newspaper article quoted above proves the timelessness of the play.
C an fine acting make up for a clunky old play? And, in this case, it has to. Based on the Scopes monkey trial of , when a Tennessee teacher was arraigned for reading a passage from On the Origin of Species to his pupils, the piece itself by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee is shaky stuff: the real pleasure comes from watching Kevin Spacey and David Troughton going head to head for the defence and prosecution. The teacher is a callow Darwinian. The real battle is between the counsels. For the prosecution, in a small town where Bibles are regularly belted, we have Matthew Harrison Brady, a thrice defeated presidential candidate and a hectoring fundamentalist. Opposing him is Henry Drummond, a wily Chicagoan who believes in the right to individual thought.
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By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Inherit The Wind is still a relevant cautionary tale in 21st Century America. Oak Park Festival Theatre has mounted a strong warning against suffocating free thinking with religious dogma with Inherit the Wind , a drama penned by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Many will remember the film with Spencer Tracy and Fredric Marsh and Gene Kelly that drew from the famous Scopes trial in Tennessee concerning the teaching of evolution in the public schools. This is a marvelously written work that hits the difference between the free thinking scientist and the narrow minded bigotry of the fundamentalist Christians.