The Cape Playhouse presents the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee work at their Dennis, Massachusetts home, Aug. 2-14.
Inherit The Wind is courtroom drama based on the famous Scopes "Monkey" trial of 1925 wherein two lawyers (based on Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan) battle over the right of a science teacher to educate his students on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
De Shields garnered his Tony nods — both in the featured actor for a musical category — for his turns in The Full Monty and Play On!. Other Broadway credits include The Wiz, Stardust, Ain't Misbehavin' and 1984's André De Shields' Haarlem Nocturne — which he conceived, wrote, directed, composed, choreographed and performed in. Other recent turns include Ambassador Satch which he co-wrote James R. Mirrione and the Goodman Theater's African American production of Proof.
Rachins has appeared on Broadway in Oh! Calcutta!, Hadrian VII and After the Rain. The actor, known to television audiences as Dharma's hippie father on "Dharma & Greg," has also appeared in "L.A. Law" and "Showgirls."
Inherit The Wind originally played on Broadway in 1955 with Paul Muni and Ed Begley originating the lawyer roles to Tony Award-winning success. The play was adapted for the screen in 1960 starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly. The work was then revived on Broadway in 1996 with Charles Durning and George C. Scott leading the cast.
For tickets to Inherit The Wind at The Cape Playhouse, 820 Route 6A in Dennis, MA, call (508) 385-3911. For more information, visit www.capeplayhouse.com.