AUBURN – “Inherit the Wind” will open the new year at Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre, running Jan. 7 to 16 at Great Falls Performing Arts Center.

The play, directed by veteran Richard Martin, is a powerful drama taken from the true life trial of Bertram Cates, a young teacher in Hillsboro, Tenn., who was arrested for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Popularly known as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” the play is a fictionalized version, with names changed, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, who were familiar with the trial and who drew from its transcripts.

The play opened on Broadway in 1955 and has become a classic with a following. It is said that since it first graced Broadway, the play has been performed almost nightly somewhere in the world. It is as timely now as it was then.

Martin said they are still casting for the role of Rev. Brown, a part requiring fiery passion and spirit. The reverend leads the townspeople in an old-fashioned, Southern-style prayer meeting the eve of the trial.

There are also several cameos for men with one or two lines, and many non-speaking roles are available as townspeople, vendors and reporters.

Those interested should leave their name and phone number at 783-1828.

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