Longtime University of Mary theatrical director Beverly Huschka will direct her final drama for the University of Mary when she brings the classic American drama, "Inherit the Wind," to the stage April 3-6. Earlier this year, Huschka directed her final musical, "Damn Yankees," for the University.
With "Inherit the Wind," her directorial efforts are coming full circle, as this play was Huschka's first major directorial role at U-Mary in 1985. "Inherit the Wind," by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, may be most familiar to audiences as a 1960 film starring Spencer Tracy and Frederic March.
As a fictionalized version of the 1925 so-called "Scopes Monkey Trial," the play's theme is fundamentally about the freedom to think and the search for the truth, Huschka said. The play was written in the 1950s in response to the growing censorship of the McCarthy era.
"Inherit the Wind" it has been translated into 30 languages and developed into two feature films and several television productions. The issues surrounding the tensions which can arise between faith and science remains alive and well today, as relevant as ever, Huschka said.
A large cast includes 26 players, two junior high school students, seven University of Mary alumni and six faculty/staff members. Mark Gray, an alumnus of U-Mary, has been cast as Henry Drummond, the defense attorney played by Spencer Tracy in the film. Chad Litton plays prosecutor Matthew Harrison Brady, and Brody Riggs plays B.T. Cates, the science teacher at the center of the trial.
Performances will be April 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m., all in Arno Gustin Hall on campus. Receptions will follow the evening performances in Hauer Gallery, and a reception for the matinee will be in the hall outside the theater.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. "Inherit the Wind" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc., New York.