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Inherit the Wind
The WSF Stage at Woodward Park
Fresno, CA
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Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes's conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. The characters of Matthew Harrison Brady, Henry Drummond, Bertram Cates and E. K. Hornbeck correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and H. L. Mencken, respectively. However, the playwrights state in a note at the opening of the play that it is not meant to be an historical account,and there are numerous instances where events were substantially altered or invented. Lawrence explained in a 1996 interview that the drama's purpose was to criticize the then-current state of McCarthyism, in which anti-Communist investigations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities were led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The play was also intended to defend intellectual freedom. According to Lawrence, "we used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control [...] It's not about science versus religion. It's about the right to think."

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The WSF Stage at Woodward Park (View)
7775 Friant Road
Fresno, CA 93720
United States


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