As a blistering summer consumes Hillsboro, Tennessee, high school teacher Bert Cates is arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in his biology class. As the people of Hillsboro and other communities demand Cates’s conviction, intellectuals around the country demand he be made a hero and the law struck down. At the center of this conflagration are two old friends: Cates’s defense attorney Henry Drummond, an agnostic civil libertarian, and the prosecutorial titan and three-time presidential candidate Matthew Harrison Brady. Their showdown in the Hillsboro courthouse expands far beyond an accused teacher, instead becoming a battle between America’s greatest lawyers about science and religion, the role of education, the right to free speech, and the nature of truth itself.
By Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Directed by Will Redmond
Produced by Audrey Denis
Stage Managed by Kellie Savage
Technical Direction by Caleb Lewis
October 16, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Poulton Hall, Stage III