The Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 comes to life as William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow square off over human evolution and the divide between faith and science.

A play by Peter Goodchild based on original sources and trial transcripts. The Scopes Trial, concerning the right to teach evolution in public schools, reaffirmed the importance of intellectual freedom as codified in the Bill of Rights. The trial, in a small-town Tennessee courtroom in 1925, set the stage for ongoing debates over the separation of Church and State in a democratic society: a debate that continues to this day.

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial stars Edward Asner, John de Lancie, and Jerry Hardin, with Matthew Patrick Davis, Geoffrey Lower, Kenneth Alan Williams, Harry Groender, Michael Rugnetta, James Gleason, Bill Brochtrup, and Kyle Colerider-Krugh. The narrator is Marnie Mosiman. Stage manager and live sound effects: Sarah Bierenbaum. Tour manager: Diane Adair. Our director is Brendon Fox.


Our conversation with playwright Peter Goodchild.