Story and Photos,Nan Nawrocki, Tater Patch
Inherit the Wind, from the Tater Patch Players opens this Friday for eight performances. The evening shows, at 7:30 PM are May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20. In addition there are two matinees at 2 PM on May 14 and 21.
Tickets are available in advance at taterpatchplayers.org and are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for students. The theater is located at 95 Philadelphia Lane, off Old Philadelphia near the Walmart.
Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, is a fictionalized retelling of the famous 1925 “Monkey Trial,” in which science teacher John Scopes was tried and convicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, violating a Tennessee law that forbade teaching any theory that conflicted with the Biblical conception of Divine Creation.
The attorney Matthew Harrison Brady, based on William Jennings Bryan, squares off against attorney Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow). Inherit the Wind dramatizes the dangers of censorship and the importance of tolerance and freedom of thought.
In the play, Lawrence and Lee emphasize their passionate belief in the value of the human mind and the necessity of seeking the truth in the face of complacency. They stress that the fight for freedom of thought is never over. Time and again issues arise that threaten to censor or limit our freedom to think. Whilst maintaining respect for ideas that we may not support, we must always be on our guard and have the courage to make a stand for what we believe in.
Tater Patch Players invites you to share in this powerful play