Inherit The Wind
Inherit The Wind
By Jerome Lawrence and
Robert E. Lee
Directed by Kurt Schneiderman
A Co-Production With
".....The swiftest and most comical takedown of
anti-intellectualism ever brought to the stage.....
"The current political overtones of the play leap off the stage and smack you in the face, just as its historically literate authors intended."
Colin Dabkwoski, The Buffalo News
Kurt Schniderman, who helmed the New Phoenix/Subversive production of the Clifford Odets classic WAITING FOR LEFTY in a memorable revival two seasons ago, here directs GARY DARLING as the defender Harry Drummond, GREG NATALE as the prosecutor Matthew Brady, RICHARD LAMBERT as the journalist E.K.Hornbeck, and JOE NATALE as the judge.
The cast also includes Jess Abel, Betsy Bittar, Jerrold Brown, Diane Cammarata, Chuck Colhane, Suzanne Dominiak, Bryan Figueroa, Murry Galloway, Daniel Henderson, Kelly Kroese, Gary Earl Ross, Larry Rowswell, Tom Scahill, Crescenzo Scipione, Carmen Swan, Jessica Wegryzn, Harold Luther White, And Brian Zybala, among others.
It is one of the great American plays, and the basis for an enduring film. It has been interpreted as an adaptation of the 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial,” as a protest against the McCarthy Era, and most simply as a testament to the “Right to think.” INHERIT THE WIND remains a modern American classic, one whose frequent revivals never fail to speak to the times and audiences that see it.
The New Phoenix Theatre On The Park, whose mission is “to present new and classic plays in ways that speak to our community”, here enters a co-production with Subversive Theatre Collective to mount a bold, fresh interpretation of INHERIT THE WIND under the direction of Kurt Schneiderman, Subversive Theatre’s Founder and Artistic Director.
Lawrence and Lee famously used the landmark, 1925 trial dubbed “Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes,” in which a school-teacher was prosecuted for teaching evolution in schools, as the basis for a play that managed, through crisp dialogue and a host of colorful characters, to paint an enduring portrait of an American crisis. But although the playwrights clearly drew inspiration from the facts of the case and their leading characters from those prominent in the actual trial – the great defense attorney Clarence Darrow and the newspaperman H.L. Mencken are both examples – they were careful to distance themselves from the weight of history. “We used the teaching of evolution as a parable,” they wrote. “[…as a metaphor] for the right to think.” The play is not, they argued, about a collision between faith and science, but about “mind control”, the fight of intellectual thought to survive within a society quick to dictate the norm.
The sets were by JOHN BLITSTEIN, the lighting by KATIE GILLILAND, and the costumes by CAITLIN MCLEOD.