Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, the classic American courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind,” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.
The classic American play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial stemming from a young teacher’s arrest for teaching evolution sparks a heated debate between religious fundamentalists and evolutionists.
“On the surface, ‘Inherit the Wind’ concerns the battle between creationism and evolution, religion versus science,” said Director Nate Bush, an OSU theatre instructor. “However, a deeper conflict exists underneath about the freedom of thought.”
The production launches OSU’s 2017-18 season, “In the Public Eye,” which will also feature “The Taming,” by Lauren Gunderson in February; “Rhinoceros,” by Eugène Ionesco in March; and “1984,” by George Orwell in May.
The large cast features OSU students Jacob Armstrong as Davenport; Sam Babst as Meeker; Jacob Biggi in the ensemble; Helen Brown as a reporter; Robert Czokajlo as Elijah; Cheyenne Dickey in the ensemble; Lindsey Esch as Rachel; Colin Fath as Dunlap; Srimanyu Ganapathineedi in the ensemble; Evan Granquist as the mayor; Cole Haenggi as Hornbeck; Ethan Hayes as Sillers; Emily Jackson as Mrs. McClain; Haille Lantz in the ensemble; Thomas McKean as Cates; Emily Moehn as Mrs. Brady; Nicole Moussa as Mrs. Loomis; Brian Mulch as Bannister; Nate Pereira as Howie; Noah Reed in the ensemble; Carmen Rivera in the ensemble; Quinn Sinanan Neal in the ensemble; Amy Stein as Krebs; Mike Stephens as Brady; Nick Tsiklauvi in the ensemble; and Cory Warren as Goodfellow.
The cast also includes community members Robert Best as Brown; Joe Cullen as Drummond; Nikki Hill as Mrs. Blair; Katherine Lovtang as Melinda; and Richard Wendland as the judge.
Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. Contact the box office for disability accommodations and/or group ticket sales.