Marking the 80th anniversary of the historical Tennessee vs. John Scopes trial over evolution education, Los Angeles Theatre Works commissioned the work adapted by Peter Goodchild. The 23-city tour will play across the country at major university, college and civic performing arts centers before culminating at the company's home at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Using words from the original trial transcripts, The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial retells the debate over the right to teach the theory of evolution in public schools. The work contains many of the key oral arguments by rival representation William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the case. The performances will re create the company's production format used for recording audio plays on stage, complete with a sound effects artist.
The complete schedule for the tour (subject to change) is as follows: Oct. 11-12: Humboldt University - Arcata, CA Oct. 14-15: Univ. California Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA Oct. 19-20: Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN Oct. 22-23: Sunset Cultural Center - Seaside, CA Oct. 25: Hult Center for the Arts - Eugene, OR Oct. 27-28: Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN Oct. 30-Nov. 1: University of Missouri - Columbia, MO Nov. 3-4: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE Nov. 6-8: Texas A&M University - College Station, TX Nov. 11-12: Walton Arts Center - Fayetteville, AR Nov. 14-15: Scottsdale Center - Scottsdale, AZ Nov. 18-19: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, WI Nov. 20: Sentry Theater - Stevens Point, WI Jan. 17-18, 2006: University of Florida - Gainesville, FL Jan. 19, 2006: Van Wezel Performance Hall - Sarasota, FL Jan. 20-21, 2006: Philharmonic Center for the Arts - Naples, FL Jan. 23-25, 2006: University of Richmond - Richmond, VA Jan. 27-28, 2006: Purchase College - Purchase, NY Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2006: University of Maryland - College Park, MD Feb. 3-4, 2006: Omaha Performing Arts Center - Omaha, NE Feb. 7- 8, 2006: Penn State University - University Park, PA Feb. 10-12, 2006: St. John's University - Collegeville, MN March 1-5, 2006: Skirball Cultural Center - Los Angeles, CA
For more information, call (800) 708-8863 or visit L.A. Theatre Works website at www.latw.org.