Digitized by the Internet Archive
in 2009 with funding from
Selwyn House School
SelHjn House Senior Pkfers
bf Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed by: Dr. Dj ron Darker
ABOUT THE PIAY '
"Early in 1925 the Tennessee legislature, dominated by
Fimdamenlalists, passed a bill providing that it shall be unlawful for
any teacher in any oj the universities, normals arui all other public
schools of the State, which are supported in whole or in part by the
public school funds of the State, to teach any theory that denies the
story ojlhe Divine creation of man as taught in the Bible. '
This law had no sooner been placed upon the books than a
little group ojmen in the sleepy town oJ Dayton, Tennessee, decided to
put it to the test George Rappelyea, a mining engineer, was drinking
lemon phosphates in Robinson's drug store with John Thomas Scopes,
a likable young man of twenty-Jour who taught biology at the Central
High School and two or three others. Rappelyea proposed that Scopes
should allow himself to be caught redhanded in the act of teaching
the theory of evolution to an innocent child, and Scopes — half serious,
half in Joke — agreed. Their motives were apparently mixed: it was
characteristic of the times that Rappelyea declared that their action
would put Dayton on the map. At all events, the illegal deed was
shortly perpetrated and Scopes was arrested. William Jennir^s Bryan
forthwith volunteered his services to the prosecution: Rappelyea wired
the Civil Liberties Union in New York and secured for Scopes the legal
assistance of Clarence Darrow. Dudley Field Malone. and Arthur
Garfield Hays: the trial was set for July 1925. and Dayton suddenly
discovered thcU it was to be put on the map with a vengeance.
In the eyes of the public, the trial was a battle between
Fundamentalism on the one hand and twentieth-cerUury skepticism
on the other. The champions of both causes were headliners. Bryan
had been three times a candidate for the Presidency, had been
Secretary of State, and was a famous orator: he was the perfect
embodiment of old-fashioned American idealism— friendly, naive,
provincial Darrow. a radical a friend of the under dog, an agnostic,
had recently Jumped into the limelight of publicity through his defense
of Leopold and Loeb (two notorious murderers of a child].
It was a strange trial Into the quiet town of Dayton flocked
gaunt Tennessee farmers and their families in mule-drawn wagons
and ramshackle Fords: quieU godly people in overall and ginghamand
black ready to defend their faith against the foreigners," yet curious
Abridged from Frederick Lewis Allen. Only Yesterday (New York:
Bantam Books. 1959). pp. 142-45.
to know what this new-fangled evolutionary theory might be. Reviualists
of every sort flocked there, too, held their meetir^gs on the outskirts of the
town under the light of flares, and tacked up signs on the trees about the
courthouse— 'Read Your Bible Daily for One Week, ' and Be Sure Your
Sins WiU Find You Out '
Yet the atmosphere of Dayton was not simply that of rural piety.
Hot-dog vendors and lemonade vendors set up their stalls along the
streets as if it were circus day. Booksellers hawked volumes on biology.
Over a hundred newspaper men poured into the town. The Western
Union instaUed twenty-two telegraph operators in a room off a grocery
store. And meanwhile two million words were being telegraphed out of
Dayton the trial was being broadcast by Chicago Tribune's station
WGN, the Dreamland Circus at Coney Island offered "Zip" to the Scopes
defense as a "missing link, " cable companies were reporting enormous
increases in transatlantic cable calls, and news agencies in London
were being besieged with requests for more copy from Switzerland, Italy,
Germany, Russia, China, and Japan Ballyhoo had come to Dayton
The climax came on the afternoon of July 20, when on the spur
of the moment Hays asked that the defense be permitted to put Bryan
on the stand as an expert on the Bible, and Bryan consented So great
was the crowd that afternoon that the Judge decided to move the court
outdoors, to a platform built against the courthouse under the maple
trees. Benches were set out before it The reporters sat on the benches,
on the ground, anywhere, and scribbled their stories. On the outskirts of
the seated crowd a throng stood in the hot sunlight which streamed
down through trees. "
Clearly, the central situation and many of the details In Inherit
the Wirvi (1955) parallel those In the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. The
playwrights. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, change the name of
the town to Hlllboro. the names of the famous lawyers to Brady and
Drummond. and the name of the defendant to Gates. They add the
sub-plot (reminiscent of that of Romeo and Juliet) between Rachel
Brown, her father, and Gates to develop the theme alluded to in the
title. For the central scene in the play, however, the examination of
Brady by Drummond. the playwrights draw most of the details from
their historical model.
We have taken the liberty of representing that the entire trial
took place outside on the courthouse lawn, the Ai^gyle Street windows
representing the outside of the courthouse and the right-hand lighting
tower its clock tower.
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
Time: July. 1925
Place: The Lawn West of the Courthouse
Scene I: Hillsboro receives Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry
Dmmmond. both nationally known lawyers, who will
prosecute and defend, respectively, Bertram Gates, a
biology teacher accused of teaching evolution In the
Scene n: Brady and Drummond select the Jury.
Scene I: The Reverend Jeremiah Brown delivers a sermon.
Scene U: The Prosecution presents Its case, then the Defence.
The Jury renders its verdict.
In Order of Appearance
Rev. Jeremiah Brown
Hot Dog Man
E. K. Hombeck
Matthew Harrison Brady
Womzin (in the sermon)
Man (in the sermon)
Harry Esterbrook (Radio Man)
Franco S£in Gregorio
Tal Pinch evsky
Townspeople and Jurors
Jeremy Adler. Annie Bouhairle. Eugenlo Burnier. Morgan Lackman,
Gabrlella Loii. John MacDonald. Carol Manning. David McKlnnon,
Charles McLean, Anna Nellson, Ivein Nellson, David Novak,
Amitabh Saxena. Rlc Sen, Mark Spellman, Lara Sterling.
Scientists: Witnesses for the Defense
Marc Belanger ('94), Mallar Chakravarty ('94), Prosanto Chaudhury ('91),
David Cude. David Drury ('94), Virginia Ferguson, Chris Gayton ('94),
David Haber ('94), Andrew Lord ('94), Brad Moffat. Brenda Montgomery,
Tom Pitfleld ('93), Shaun Rosengarten ('94). Marc Schaffer ('94).
Steve Schelling ('90), Mary Ellen Vlau
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Layout Design for Street Scene
Descent of Man Painting
Detail Finish on Street Scene
Set Construction. Lighting
Installation and Painting
Publicity & Ticket Sales
Ticket and Cover Design
Byron Marker. Marc Krushelnyski
Jeremy Adler. Chris Aranda
Scott Bailey. Graham Colby.
Thomas Lin. Kyle-Sebastian Pilot.
Joseph Szep. Tri Vinh Van. Tom Watt
Antony Blaikie. Jim Cousins. Gandar
Chakravarty. Will Cobbett.
Stephen Fish. Allison Glbbs. Byron
Marker. Jesse Ikeman. Tom Johnson
("94). Christine Krushelnyski.
Mike Lord. Milary McGown.
Chris Moffatt. David Novak.
Eric Pedicelll, Erin Rlggs.
Franco San Gregorio. Jamie Seguin.
Slmplicio Urgel. David Williams
Eric Goldwarg, Joel Lowsky.
Brenda Montgomery. Andre Nguyen.
Rob Rutledge. Brandon Sant.
Alan Sarhan. Ben Sharp
Mary Ellen Viau
Virginia Ferguson. The Cast.
Mrs. Rumpf. Gabrielle Pilot.
Virginia Ferguson. Mary Ellen Viau.
Chris Fordyce, Taylor Lloyd
PRQDUCnON CREW am'd
Vtdco Filming Supervisor
Live and Pre-Fllmed Video
Green Room Feed Video
Tri Vlnh Van
Mike Lord. Hugo Blomfleld,
Kyle-Sebastian Pilot. Gene Kruger
Kate Angell. Carla Burke.
Mary Guay, Gayle Jewer.
Natalie La Croix.
Christine Krushelnyskl. Susan Lord.
Irene Lunt. Dorothy Martin.
Cellna Masoud. Brenda Montgomery,
Pat Patterson. Ellen Plnchuk.
Najwa Sallmon. Deborah Schatla.
Mary Ellen Vlau, Lorayne Winn
Programme Duplication and
Hot Dog Vendor
Cotton Candy Vendor
Kathi Biggs. Virginia Ferguson.
Mary Ellen Vlau. Pat Shannon.
James F. McMillan
David Novak. Rob Fargnoll.
Andrew Lassner. Mark Mulroney.
Adrian Schauer. Matthew Slngerman.
PRODUCTION CREW am'd
Assembly of Staging Platforms
'Read Your Bible" Banners
Dther Portable Signs
On Stage Food
Jeremy Adler. Mark Arguilles.
Joseph Ayas. Antony Blaikie.
Noah Bloom. Francesca Cciruana.
Will Cobbett. Graham Colby.
Paul Dery-Goldberg. Joe Flanders.
Tom Fletcher. Chris Fordyce.
Adam Ginter. Paul Gomez.
Alex Grassino. Byron Harker,
Jesse Ikeman. Muneesh Jha.
Morgan Lackman, Thomas Lin.
Mike Lord. Tim Martoni,
Charles McLeem. Chris Moffatt.
Eric Pedicelli. Tal Pinchevsky.
Rob Rutledge. Franco San Gregorio.
Amitabh Saxena, Alan Sarhan.
Jamie Seguin. Stuart Szabo.
Josef Szep. Tri Vinh Van.
Constantine Vassiliou. Tom Watt
Mary Ellen Viau's Grade 4 Class
Ellen Pinchuk and Mary Ellen Viau
Sara Colby and Mary Ellen Viau
Rob Wearing. Andrew Webster.
Mai Lloyd. Shirley Martoni.
Black and White Snippets from Stanley Kramer's film Inherit the
Wind (United Artists), starring Spencer Tracy as Drummond.
Fredrlc March as Brady, and Gene Kelly as Hornbeck.
Live O. J. Coverage Tips from CNN
Love and gratitude to Virginia Ferguson, who has done everything in
her power to help the director to get this blimp off the ground.
Besides performing at her own initiative Innumerable hands-on
tasks, Virginia has drummed up support and help from the wider
School community and buoyed up the director's occasionally
sagging spirits. Virginia will not be able to help us next year because
she will be teaching a night course in children's literature at the
School of Library Science at McGill. Good luck. Virginia, in this new
departure, and thanks for your continuing and amazingly generous
help and love.
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Special thanks, hugs and kisses also to the director's other distaff
supporters and tireless helpers: Kathl Biggs. Mary Ellen Vlau. and
Gratitude to Mark Morgenstem forgiving up his life and skills to us
during the final boarding stages and first flights. We much appreciate
his friendship and his expertise in filming and teaching others to film
Thanks and warm greetings from SHS to Brian Fanning, a personal
friend to the Krushelnyskl's. for his impressive artwork and his expert
SPECIAL GREETINGS and thanks to all my Old Boys who agreed at
Virginia's invitation to appear as extras!!!
Thanks to Debbie Dragone and Jim Leonldis for helping us with
MONEY and for supporting us with their enthusiastic interest.
Tlianks to Sara Colby for helping us with art work — at the last minute,
Thanks to Allison Glbbs. Erin Rlggs. and Hilary McGown for their
exemplary constancy in attending rehearsals and set-building sessions.
Thanks to the Phys. Ed. guys, especially Pete Govcm and Steve Mitchell,
for giving up to us their space and their guys.
Tlianks and long-term service awards to Monty Krlndle and to Roger
Thanks to Simplicio Urgel and Jim Cousins for their continuing interest
Thanks and love to Marc Krushelnyski for yet again giving up his March
break (and the two weeks after it ) to attend to yet another Senior Play.
Thanks to Christine Krushelnyski for many favours, including making
arrangements for the hot dog stand and the cotton candy machine.