December 27, 2010
Contact: Rae Jones
For Immediate Release
B. O. P. Takes on the Scopes “Monkey” Trial
On January 21, 2011, Bisbee’s Obscure Productions will open the classic courtroom drama, Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Thirty of Bisbee’s best actors, directed by Rae E. Jones, are deep into rehearsals, and the characters are intense and fascinating. Inherit the Wind, set in 1925, captures the emotion-packed division between fundamentalist religious believers and civil libertarians. Creationists seek to keep Darwin’s On the Origin of Species out of the classrooms. Civil libertarians fight for free speech and to keep religious censorship out of education. William Roberts and Eugene (Gene) Conners square off as fictionalized versions of William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, oratorical giants of their day, in courtroom scenes that were “torn from the headlines” long before Law & Order was cool.
The issues of free speech, religious tolerance and intolerance, and local control arise again and again in our society, just one of the reasons BOP to choose this play. The dichotomy of beliefs seems to be at a new emotional high right now, separating our citizens into warring camps. After seeing this drama, open-minded playgoers of all beliefs will come away with considerable food for thought.
Performances of Inherit the Wind are scheduled for 7:30 pm on January 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2011, with 3:00 pm matinees slated for January 23 and 30. Mark your calendars now so as not to miss an outstanding show. All performances will be held in the theater at Central School Project, 43 Howell in Old Bisbee. Bisbee’s Obscure Productions is grateful for the support of the Bisbee 1000 and Central School Project.
Tickets are $10 in advance at Atalanta’s Music and Books, the Bisbee Food Coop, and the Bisbee Visitor Center or by mail from BOP. Purchase tickets online for $11 at shopbisbee.com. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $10 for students with ID. For more information, call BOP at (520) 432-2901, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to PO Box 277, Bisbee AZ 85603.
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