This is perhaps the great, innately American play of the last 60 years.
It had its genesis in the events of the history-changing Scopes "Monkey Trial" in 1925, in which the teachings of creationism came head-to-head with the scientific hypotheses of Charles Darwin and his evolutionist contemporaries.
But, the authors of this play, weren't only interested in the landmark arguments of 1925. They were much more focused on the current events of their tumultuous times in 1955—namely, McCarthyism and the shameful inquisitions of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
This exciting new restaging highlights the story’s themes of tolerance, compassion an individual’s right to think. At a time in American history when we are again called upon to defend fact over bias and fear, this story is for all who desire to think and act for themselves.
It is for all who question, doubt, explore, and discover—who unearth new truths about our world, all of its inhabitants, and the universe we share.
"Truth has meaning—as a direction."
"The individual human mind! In a child's power to master the multiplication table there is more sanctity than in all your shouted 'Amens!' 'Holy, Holies!' and 'Hosannahs!' An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral."