Dallas Theater Center Announces INHERIT THE WIND at the Kalita Humphreys Theater
"Inherit the Wind is one of the great American plays of the 1950's. Rooted in the history of the 'Scopes Monkey Trial' from the 1920's, the play ask questions that are as important to our community today as they were for Dallasites when the play had its world premiere here in 1955," said artistic director Kevin Moriarty. "Inherit the Wind asks: are there truths that are too dangerous to be taught? What should one do when facts contradict one's personal beliefs? And how do we understand ourselves and our view of the world when facts conflict with our deeply held beliefs?"
Directed by Moriarty and written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, Inherit the Wind tells the story of two powerhouse lawyers facing off in a court of law after a public school teacher is arrested for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. The nation watches as science and faith collide, bringing a small southern town to its knees. Inspired by the infamous Scopes "Monkey" Trial, DTC's innovative, contemporary production of this classic American drama is as timely today as it was at the 1955 Dallas world premiere.
The cast is made up of Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company members Ace Anderson (The Tempest, A Christmas Carol 2016, All the Way) as Bertram Cates; Kieran Connolly (All the Way, The School for Wives, Medea) as Henry Drummond; Chamblee Ferguson (The Christians, A Christmas Carol 2016, Deferred Action) as George Sillers; Liz Mikel (A Christmas Carol 2016, Bella: An American Tall Tale, Romeo and Juliet) as Matthew Harrison Brady and Alex Organ (Electra, The Tempest, Constellations) as EK Hornbeck. In addition, Akin Babatunde (Dividing the Estate, A Christmas Carol 2003, Our Town) will play the role of Mrs. Sarah Brady alongside Pamela Dougherty as Judge; Chris Hury (Romeo and Juliet, Medea, The School for Wives) as Elijah; Vince McGill as Rev. Jeremiah Brown; BranDon Potter (Deferred Action, All the Way, A Christmas Carol 2015) as Meeker; Calvin Scott Roberts as Tom Davenport and Christie Vela (Deferred Action, Romeo and Juliet, Sense and Sensibility) as Mrs. Krebs. Beginning May 23, Bob Reed will replace Southern Methodist University student Luke Longacre in the role of Mr. Bannister. Southern Methodist University students Tia Laulusa will play the role of Rachel Brown and Ana Hagedon will play Jesse H. Dunlap.
DTC's Come Early, a pre-show lecture about the play, will take place one hour before every performance and DTC's Stay Late sponsored by Wells Fargo, a post-show discussion led by a member of the cast, will take place after each performance.
Inherit the Wind is presented by the Jean Baptiste (Tad) Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation.
ABOUT Dallas Theater Center:
One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 100,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. DTC is one of only two theaters in Texas that is a member of the League of Resident Theatres, the largest and most prestigious non-profit professional theater association in the country. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeffrey Woodward, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and South Oak Cliff High School; and community collaboration efforts with the Sixth Floor Museum, the City of Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Opera, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and leading the DFW Foote Festival. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, adapted by Adrian Hall, in 1986, and recent premieres of Deferred Action by Lee Trull and David Lozano, Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter; Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical by Robert Horn, BRandy Clark, and Shane McAnally; FLY by Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman and Kirsten Childs; Fly by Night by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick and Will Connolly; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; The Trinity River Plays by ReGina Taylor; the revised It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams; Give It Up! (now titled Lysistrata Jones and recently on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson. Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors: Texas Instruments, American Airlines, Lexus, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Time Warner Cable and WFAA.