The theatre department is presenting another impressive production this semester, “Inherit the Wind.” Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, this production is a thinly cloaked version of the 1925 “Scopes monkey trial.” The trial occurred when a teacher was arrested for teaching his students Darwin’s theories. This was against the law in Tennessee at the time.
Because the trial was seen as a pivotal point in the debate between evolutionists and creationists, it created a very dramatic stage for a play.
“This play is really about freethinking. It’s about the ability to question,” says Bill Gillett, Chair of Performing Arts & Director of Theatre and Speech. “It’s sort of an american quality, to be able to question everything. That’s what this play is really about, it’s not necessarily a bashing of Christianity or creationism, it’s more of a celebration of open-mindedness. If anything it bashes those that would have very closed minds.”
Students await their chance to see the play in action. Student Anna Paparaezo says, “I really look forward to going to see the play. One of my friends is the stage manager and a bunch of my friends are in the crew and I know one of the people who’s in the cast so I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do.”
The first showing of the play was on Thursday November 20 at 7:30 p.m. and featured a post-show talk back with the cast. The next showings are November 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and November 23 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10. Admission for faculty, staff, adults over the age of 65, and students with ID is $5.