Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Tucson: PCC Theatre Arts presents "Inherit the Wind"

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PCC theatre arts presents Inherit the Wind

where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709when: April 11-22, Wed. preview, Thu.-Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. (ASL interpreters April 19 at 7:30 p.m.)

photo call: March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre

tickets: General admission $15 with discounts available for preview night, groups, students, seniors and PCC affiliates.

box office: Call 520-206-6986 or purchase online Box office hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to performance.

Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents Inherit the Wind, the gripping and inspiring fictional drama based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Nancy Davis Booth directs the play that tackles the ever-present debate over the right to freely think and question. Set in a present-day small town, faith and science collide when a teacher is arrested, tried and convicted for teaching evolutionary theory to his public school students during science class. The whole town is forced to confront their long-held beliefs as a raging discourse ensues between the literal interpretation of creation found in the book of "Genesis" and the scientific theory of evolution as posited by Charles Darwin in his "Origin of Species" (1859). A question and answer discussion follows each performance.

Booth remarks, "The debate continues 80 years later and its still not settled, nor will it be. It invokes the eternal question of where do we come from and who made us? It's important for the audience to understand that the story is not so much about science versus creationism as it is about a person's right to think." She adds, "I've updated the setting to current day and changed the gender of some of the key characters to emphasize the universality of the story." A minimalistic set and the intimate size of the theatre gives the audience, seated on three sides of the action, a sense of direct involvement.

Pima Community College Center for the Arts is located on the West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson (just west of downtown).

For ticket information contact the box office at 206-6986, or centerforthearts@pima.eduPlease continue to run in print and online through April 22, 2012

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