New 'Scopes' drama

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Sat Oct 15 2005 - 11:11:59 EDT

The NY TImes reported this last Wednesday:

First four paragraphs of it:

Now Arguing Near You: The Evolution Drama
Published: October 12, 2005
In Harrisburg, Pa., lawyers are in court today arguing whether intelligent design should be taught in biology class alongside evolution. As Richard Thompson, the lawyer representing the school board members who favor teaching intelligent design, said, "There are two worldviews that are in conflict."

Last night, in Arcata, Calif., in another trial involving evolution's place in the school curriculum, a lawyer told a jury, "The contest between evolution and Christianity is a duel to the death, between the unbelief that attempts to speak through so-called science, and the defenders of the Christian faith."

The difference is that the Pennsylvania trial, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, is real, while the one taking place on the other side of the country is a play performed by L.A. Theater Works and drawn from the transcripts of the famed Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, when a high school teacher in Tennessee was indicted for teaching evolution.

Observing the 80th anniversary of the Scopes trial, Theater Works began its 23-city tour of Peter Goodchild's radio play "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial" last night with a rotating cast of actors that includes Edward Asner, Michael Learned, John de Lancie and Tom Bosley. Many places where the play, directed by Gordon Hunt, will be performed - mainly college campuses - are sponsoring additional events like panel discussions and workshops with the actors.

Do any of you live in the area to be able to see it and provide us a review and critique?

And getting even more ambitious: Given the prospect of a 23-city tour on college campuses, perhaps at some of these locations the ASA could sponsor one of those discussions?? any volunteers?

Received on Sat Oct 15 11:14:49 2005

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