The Scopes Trial, over the right to teach evolution in public schools, reaffirmed the importance of intellectual freedom as codified in the Bill of Rights. The trial, in a small-town Tennessee courtroom in 1925, set the stage for ongoing debates over the separation of Church and State in a democratic society - debates that continue to this day.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Edward Asner, Bill Brochtrup, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Matthew Patrick Davis, John de Lancie, James Gleason, Harry Groener, Jerry Hardin, Geoffrey Lower, Marnie Mosiman and Kenneth Alan Williams.
The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
The 1925 trial of science teacher John Scopes was a defining moment in the debate over evolution and creation and the source of some of America's finest literature and theater. This new theatrical production compares favorably with its esteemed predecessors. With Sharon Gless narrating and providing detailed historical background, the production aims to be historically accurate. At the forefront is Ed Asner, who brings out William Jennings Bryant's passionate belief in the Bible in a style reminiscent of Fredric March's in Inherit the Wind. Similarly superb is Jerry Hardin who, as Judge John Ralston, valiantly attempts to maintain order while trying to ensure that Scopes is convicted. Because there are no recordings of the actual trial, this production is certainly the next best thing.
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