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Jerome Lawerence And Robert E. Lee’s Inherit The Wind At Southampton Cultural Center

Originally Posted: October 19, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Jerome Lawrence And Robert E. Lee's “Inherit The Wind” is the Southampton Cultural Center's center stage. (Courtesy Photo)

Jerome Lawrence And Robert E. Lee's "Inherit The Wind" is the Southampton Cultural Center's center stage. The play is directed and designed by Center Stage artistic director, Michael Disher and the cast features Daniel Becker, Vincent Carbone, Terrance Fiore, Richard Gardini, Barbara Jo Howard, Deborah Marshall, Matthew Peraza, Tony Peraza, Philip Reichert, Jack Seabury, Stephan Scheck, Amanda Stein, Alan Stewart and Douglas Walter.

The inspired tale of man's rights to espouse logical thoughts and religious beliefs is based upon the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial and uses this pivotal event to pit the Bible believing three-time Presidential candidate, Matthew Harrison Brady against the freethinking defense attorney, Henry Drummond. Brady and Drummond who were once friends and now rivals, unsettle the sleepy town of Hillsboro, Tennessee in a much publicized trial of Bertram Cates, a school teacher arrested for teaching Darwin's The Origin of the Species to his biology students. The play develops and delves into a much deeper terrain than curriculum taught and examines man's freedom and innate desire to speak and think – and believe.

Lawrence and Lee used the historical Scopes trial as the background for a drama that comments on and explores the threats to intellectual freedom presented by the anti-communist hysteria generated by Senator Joseph McCarthy. In 1996 Lawrence commented in an interview that, "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." Artistic director Disher stated, "I cannot think of any subjects more valuable and volatile to teach than science, politics, religious beliefs and freedom of speech." He continued, "This theatrical event will, most assuredly, inspire heated debate and discussion."

General admission is $22, students (under 21 with ID) are $12, and seniors (on Fridays at the door only) are $20.

Inherit the Wind is presented in two acts with one intermission. Showtimes are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. until October 28, 2012. Performances can be seen on the stage of The Levitas Center for the Arts, at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton Village.

For tickets, call Southampton Cultural Center at 631-287-4377 or visit: www.scc-arts.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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