Inherit the Wind
One of the most moving and meaningful plays in American theatre--based on the famed Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution--now on Broadway starring Tony Award® Winners Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy, and Directed by Tony Award® Winner... show more
One of the most moving and meaningful plays in American theatre--based on the famed Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee teacher was tried for teaching evolution--now on Broadway starring Tony Award® Winners Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy, and Directed by Tony Award® Winner Doug Hughes The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus, the chief gladiators being the two great legal giants of the century. Locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American.“Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were classic Broadway scribes who knew how to crank out serious plays for thinking Americans. . . . Inherit the Wind is a perpetually prescient courtroom battle over the legality of teaching evolution. . . . We’re still arguing this case–all the way to the White House.”–Chicago Tribune“Powerful . . . a crackling good courtroom play . . . [that] provides two of the juiciest roles in American theater.”–Copley News Service“[This] historical drama . . . deserves respect.”–The Columbus Dispatch
Publish date: March 20th 2007
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, High School
I read this in English in high school, even though I'm usually not a huge fan of plays, the character and philosophy of Drummond is one that has stuck with me.
Overrated piece of political claptrap with thinly veiled characters that smears the reputation of some of the actual people it portrays. This is one of the books everyone seems to be forced to read in school in the United States. Maybe it's gone out of favor now. It's ostensibly a fictionalizatio...
The goal of this play's authors was to use the 1925 Scopes Trial to dramatize the 1950s "McCarthy hearings," so historical accuracy was not their main goal. For the real story of what happened, read the much more recent book Summer For the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over ...