Inherit the Wind

Feb 1 – Feb 17, 2008

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Directed by Jerome Davis

Inherit the Wind is a fictional recreation of the “Scopes Monkey Trial” in Tennessee in 1925. When a high school biology teacher tried to teach Darwinian Evolution from the school-provided text book, he was arrested and brought to trial for violating a law on the state’s books that prohibited the teaching of Evolution. Perennial presidential candidate and orator extraordinaire William Jennings Bryan was brought in to prosecute the case. The defense hired Clarence Darrow, notorious for his representation of labor unions and the notorious murderers, Leopold and Loeb. This created one of America’s first “Trials of the Century” and brought international media attention to the small Tennessee town where John Scopes taught. Originally staged in 1955, Inherit the Wind was filmed in 1960 by Stanley Kramer, with a cast that included Spencer Tracy and Frederick March.