What are you doing the night after the Inauguration?
Join us at Town Hall, as members of the law profession (directed by Arne Zaslove) present a staged reading of “Inherit the Wind.” Some audience participation will be encouraged and, as many Americans fear that our right to think is again under fire, the discussion afterwards is sure to be lively.
Where: Downstairs at Town Hall Town Hall events
When: Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. (the day after the Presidential Inauguration) and Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, $20 ($10 for seniors/students/TPS)
Inherit the Wind (by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee) premiered in 1955. It is famous as a fictionalized retelling of the “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, in which a schoolteacher was prosecuted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in his high school science classroom, contrary to Tennessee state law. The movie of the same name (produced and directed by Stanley Kramer in 1960) featured Fredric March as Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan), and Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) and Gene Kelly as the journalist E.K. Hornbeck (modeled on H.L. Mencken).
But the authors of the play were clear that the real subject they wished to address was the McCarthy hearings, happening in their own time. As Lawrence said about the play, “It’s not about science versus religion. It’s about the right to think.”