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.
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By Stephen on 22-07-09
Listening to a bit of history
This is a play that is a reenactment of the Scopes trial. In this trial, Mr. Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in a Tenn. school which was against the state law. This was a 'trumped up' case by the ACLU to have a public forum on this topic. The crime was a misdemeanor and the fine was a maximum of $100 but the topic brought two of the most famous and thoughtful men of the time, William Jennings Bryant for the prosecution and Clarence Darrow for the defense. Both men offered their services for free so that they may express their views. It was also the first trial that was broadcast by radio. I found the background of the trial fascinating and the courtroom eloquence and humor of all the lawyers is inspiring and entertaining. As this topic is still just as unsettled as it was then, the cases made by both sides are still relevant. As this was play, the actors are excellent and the 'readings' are far better than usually found in audiobooks. Regardless of your stance on this topic, I believe that you will find the book well worth the time. My only criticism is that it ended too quickly.
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By JMKIII58 on 28-03-17
An excellent listen for a plane ride.
A vivid retelling of the first trial of the century. The Scopes monkey trial in 1925. Set the floor the battle over evolution which is still fought over today. A quick listen and very enjoyable.