FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2012
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Reid Edelman (707) 468-3172
MENDOCINO COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS "INHERIT THE WIND" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee; Directed by Reid Edelman
October 19-28, 2012
Friday October 19, 8 PM
Saturday October 20, 8 PM
Thursday October 25, 7:30 PM
Friday October 26, 8 PM
Saturday October 27, 8 PM
Sunday October 28, 2 PM
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, CENTER THEATRE
Center for the Visual & Performing Arts, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.
$15, $12 students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at the Mendocino College Bookstore, the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, and online at www.ArtsMendocino.org. For additional information, call (707) 468-3172
The year is 1925. A school teacher has been arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, violating a state law prohibiting the teaching of anything which contradicts a literal interpretation of the biblical account of Creation. The upcoming trial is becoming an international media event, with a three-time presidential candidate serving as the prosecutor and the world's most famous defense attorney representing the teacher. Meanwhile, newspaper and radio reporters from around the world are descending upon this small town in Tennessee, focusing the world's attention on the townsfolk and their views of science and religion. This is the true story upon which the historical courtroom drama Inherit The Wind is based. The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will present the play October 19-28 in the college's Center Theatre.
In the 1955 script by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, the names have been changed. The town of Dayton, Tennessee has become Hillsboro, and the famous politician William Jennings Bryan has become Matthew Harrison Brady (played by veteran actor Lee Lupton, in his Ukiah debut). The notorious lawyer Clarence Darrow has become Henry Drummond (played by Mendocino College theatre favorite Gary Hudson). The play comes to life as these two titanic figures clash in the trial of the century. While the script is very true to the historical events, the play is much more than a historical recreation of this significant trial. According to director Reid Edelman, "the playwrights wrote the play in response to Senator Joseph McCarthy's attacks on intellectual liberty in the 1950s. While the issue of teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools has surprisingly remained a heated issue, the play was never intended as a piece about evolution specifically. Rather, the theme of the play is the sanctity of human thought, freely expressed. It is for this reason that the playwrights chose to fictionalize the play's character names and setting. As the playwrights state, 'the setting could be yesterday and it could be tomorrow.' It is certainly a timely story in our own world."
With a cast of over 30 talented local actors, the upcoming Mendocino College production will bring the small town of Hillsboro to life on the college stage. The role of Bertram Cates, the school teacher, will be played by Joel Shura. Shura, an alumnus of the college theatre program, has returned to Ukiah after completing his theatre degree recently at UC Irvine. Shura now joins the college faculty, and will be teaching a class on acting improvisation this coming Spring semester. The role of Cates' girlfriend Rachel Brown will be played by Brittani Ray. Ray has appeared locally in dozens of leading roles. The town preacher and Rachel's father, Reverend Brown, is being played by Jim Williams. Other principle roles include the sardonic reporter E.K. Hornbeck, based on the real-life H.L Mencken (played by Willits actor Mark Hetherington), the local district attorney played by Will Schlosser, the judge played by Darryl Bridges and Sarah Brady, Matthew Harrison Brady's wife, played by Ukiah High School drama director Maria A. Monti. This production promises to be a Ukiah community event, featuring a cast of students, college faculty and administration, local children and community members of all ages.
The action unfolds in the town square and in the summer heat of the sweltering court-room, as created by college set & lighting designer Larry L. Lang. The town is always visible behind the courtroom, suggesting that the town itself is on trial. The elaborate period costumes have been created by resident costume designer and instructor Kathy Dingman Katz, with the help of her crew of enthusiastic and dedicated costuming students. The production features hair and make-up designed by Amanda Katz. The play is being stage managed by Karen Seydel. Props have been designed and constructed by Darryl Bridges and Brooke Acker.
Inherit The Wind opens on Thursday October 19, 2012. Performances will run for two weekends only, through October 28. Performances are Friday October 19 at 8 PM, Saturday October 20 at 8 PM, Thursday October 25 at 7:30 PM, Friday October 26 at 8 PM, Saturday October 27 at 8 PM and Sunday October 28 at 2 PM. Tickets ($15 general; $12 students and seniors) are available at the Mendocino Book Company, at the Mendocino College Bookstore, and online at www.ArtsMendocino.org. Audiences are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, though tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Inherit The Wind is recommended for ages 11 and older. For more detailed information, visit the college Theatre Department web site at www.mendocino.edu/theater/deptindex.html. For additional information, call (707) 468-3172.
Photo 1: Lee Lupton (Matthew Harrison Brady) and Gary Hudson (Henry Drummond) in the Mendocino College production of Inherit The Wind (photo by Evan Johnson)
Photo 2: Gary Hudson (Henry Drummond), Joel Shura (Bertram Cates) and Mark Hetherington (E.K. Hornbeck) in the Mendocino College production of Inherit The Wind (photo by Evan Johnson)
Photo 3: Ariella Heise (Melinda) and Sasha Guleff (Howard) in the Mendocino College production of Inherit The Wind (photo by Evan Johnson)
Lee Lupton (Matthew Harrison Brady) and Gary Hudson (Henry Drummond) in the Mendocino College production of Inherit The Wind (photo by Evan Johnson)
Gary Hudson (Henry Drummond), Joel Shura (Bertram Cates) and Mark Hetherington (E.K. Hornbeck) in the Mendocino College production of Inherit The Wind (photo by Evan Johnson)
Ariella Heise (Melinda) and Sasha Guleff (Howard) in the Mendocino College production of Inherit The Wind (photo by Evan Johnson)
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