Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, is a fictionalized retelling of the famous 1925 “Monkey Trial,” in which science teacher John Scopes was tried and convicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, violating a Tennessee law that forbade teaching any theory that conflicted with the Biblical conception of Divine Creation. Scopes’ attorney Matthew Harrison Brady, based on William Jennings Bryan, squares off against attorney Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow).
Inherit the Wind dramatizes the dangers of censorship and the importance of tolerance and freedom of thought. In the play, Lawrence and Lee emphasize their passionate belief in the value of the human mind and the necessity of seeking the truth in the face of complacency. They stress that the fight for freedom of thought is never over. Time and again issues arise that threaten to censor or limit our freedom to think. Whilst maintaining respect for ideas that we may not support, we must always be on our guard and have the courage to make a stand for what we believe in.
Inherit the Wind, often considered one of the great plays of the twentieth century, first played on Broadway in 1955 at the National Theatre (now the Nederlander), with Paul Muni and Ed Begley earning Tony Awards for their performances as Drummond and Brady, respectively. The popular 1960 movie version starred Spencer Tracy and Frederic March, and three television adaptations have also been filmed.
Auditions for supporting characters will be March 5, 1-3 PM and March 6, 6-8 PM. There are MANY opportunities in these characters for new actors. Lines can range from a few, to none at all for some of them. All auditions will be at the Tater Patch Players Theater, 95 Philadelphia Lane, Jasper, GA. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The performance dates are May 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Please do not audition if you do not have these dates, plus evenings the entire week leading up to opening night free.
There will be some group singing asked of some of the characters… no solos, just church-style singing. The characters to be cast include the Judge, Mrs. Brady, Meeker the Bailiff, Elijah (who must be able to sing), Melinda and Howard and their mothers, the Mayor, jounalists, witnesses who are not called to testify, local merchants and farmers.