Inherit the Wind

This courtroom drama is based on the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial," in which a Tennessee teacher was charged with teaching that man evolved from apes, instead of state-mandated Creationism. The drama contains a powerful confrontation between a character based on William Jennings Bryan, who believes only what he reads in the Bible, and another based on Clarence Darrow, who defends science and open intellectual inquiry.
  • Playwright: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee


Outer Critics Circle
1955 Outstanding Play Winner
Tony Award
1956 Actor in a Play Winner
1956 Direction (pre-1960) Nominee
1956 Featured Actor in a Play Winner
1956 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Winner