Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind is a fictional version of the 1925 Scopes Trial. Scopes was convicted for teaching evolution to a high school class. In Tennessee, state law prohibited teaching evolution.

Play title:  Inherit the Wind

Author (s):  Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Publisher: Random House Inc.

Publication Date: 1955

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory

Secondary Discipline: Biology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Character Breakdown: 23 Men, 7 Women, Ensemble

Rachel Brown, Meeker, Bertram Cates, Mr. Goodfellow, Mrs. Krebs, Rev. Jeremiah Brown, Corkin, Bollinger, Platt, Mr. Bannister, Melinda, Howard, Mrs, Looms, Hot Dog Man, Mrs. McClain, Mrs, Blair, Elijah, E. K. Hornbeck, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Timmy, Mayor, Matthew Harrison Brady, Mrs, Brady, Tom Davenport, Henry Drummond, Judge, Dunlap, Sillers, Reuter’s Man, Harry Y. Esterbrook, Townspeople, hawkers, reporters, jurors, spectators

Setting: Small Town

Time Period: Varies

Synopsis of Play: Inherit the Wind is a fictional version of the 1925 Scopes Trial. Scopes was convicted for teaching evolution to a high school class. In Tennessee, state law prohibited teaching evolution. The play is meant to criticize the anti-Communist investigations that took place in the U.S. The authors used the Scope’s trial as a platform to explore threats to learning and intellectual freedom. https://stageagent.com/shows/play/1925/inherit-the-wind

First Performance Date: January 10th, 1955

First Producer: Dallas Theatre ‘55

Performance History: Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee was first presented at the Dallas Theatre ‘55 on January 10th, 1955 and was directed by Margo Jones. Later, the play was presented by Herman Shumlin in association with Margo Jones, at the National Theatre, New York City, April 21st, 1955, with the setting by Peter Larkin, lighting design by Feder, costume design by Ruth Morley, and the assistant director was Terese Hayden.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/13/theater/reviews/13wind.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=DC043E898B893256CB20EDC0F94A4B2D&gwt=pay

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2009/oct/02/inherit-the-wind-theatre-review

https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/10/30/review-inherit-wind-compass-rose-theater/

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/12/entertainment/la-et-cm-theater-review-inherit-the-wind-at-san-diegos-old-globe-20120712

https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/reviews/inherit-the-wind

http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-ent-0620-inherit-wind-review-20120619-story.html

https://variety.com/2009/legit/reviews/inherit-the-wind-4-1200477062/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/6255738/Inherit-the-Wind-Old-Vic-review.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                          

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Kevin Spacey and David Troughton in

Inherit the Wind. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

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