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On Stage: 'Inherit the Wind' opens at Sun City Community Theatre

Roscoe Sandlin stars as Henry Drummond and Dominick Wasielewski as Matthew Harrison Brady in the Sun City Community Theatre production of "Inherit the Wind" which opens June 20 at Sun City Hilton Head.
Roscoe Sandlin stars as Henry Drummond and Dominick Wasielewski as Matthew Harrison Brady in the Sun City Community Theatre production of "Inherit the Wind" which opens June 20 at Sun City Hilton Head. Submitted photo

Directors: William McDougall and Mary-Alice Mangan

Producer: Ralph Spiegel

Lead actors: Roscoe Sandlin as Henry Drummond, the defense attorney; Dominick Wasielewski as Matthew Harrison Brady, the prosecuting attorney; Ed Phelps as E.K. Hornbeck, the Baltimore newspaper executive; and Harvey Trabb as the Rev. Jeremiah Brown, the small town's fundamentalist religious leader.

The plot: The play is loosely based on the events of the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial." A small-town Tennessee public high school teacher is accused of violating a state law when he has the audacity to introduce Darwin's "Theory of Evolution" as an alternative explanation to the state-mandated teaching of creationism. The trial and courtroom battle that evolves between Henry Drummond (portraying Clarence Darrow) and Matthew Harrison Brady (portraying William Jennings Bryan) forces the good townspeople to recognize the dignity of the human mind and the right of each person to think and to learn. It also clearly demonstrates the compatibility of "faith" and "reason."

The story behind the show: "Inherit the Wind" was first presented on stage in 1955. The film version was introduced in 1960 and starred Spencer Tracy and Frederic March as the two attorneys, and Gene Kelly as the newspaperman. Both the play and the movie have since been revived, most recently in 1999, starring George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon.

Run dates: 7:30 p.m. June 20 and 21; and 2 p.m. June 22

Venue: Magnolia Hall, Sun City Hilton Head

Ticket price: $19 ($16 for theater club members)

Details: 843-645-2700

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