Ghost Players Theatre Co. is proud to produce Inherit the Wind, set in the contemporary American mid-west. Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Dir. Andrea Judd,
Prod. Ko Zushi
Audition dates: April 17th & 18th 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m
PLEASE E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org with our preferred audition date/time. Please allow at least 15mins for your stay.
Callbacks: April 19th starting at 7:30 p.m.
Rehearsal dates TBA, based on performer availability.
The production runs August - First weekend of September, specific dates TBA in NoHo Arts District.
Please prepare a 1 minute contemporary monologue to showcase yourself and 16 bars of a song (A capella). The song should ideally be something you would hear inside of a Church, something soulful or patriotic. If you aren't sure what to pick, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" a.k.a. "glory, glory hallelujah" is a good default!
Matthew Harrison Brady - A national political figure that ran for president 3 times, Brady comes to Hillsboro to lead the prosecution in Cates’s trial as a hero. He is a Christian fundamentalist.
Henry Drummond - A famous lawyer from Chicago whom the Baltimore Herald sends to defend Cates. Drummond is a believer of evolution, progress and freedom of thought. He is a self-proclaimed atheist.
Bertram Cates - A young science teacher and the defendant in the trial. Cates has been arrested for teaching his students the theory of evolution, which is against the law in Hillsboro. He is a kind and soft-spoken man, and is secretly Rachel’s beau.
E. K. Hornbeck - A cynical and wisecracking journalist and critic. Hornbeck travels to Hillsboro to cover the trial for the Baltimore Herald. Hates fundamentalism. Can be played by a man or woman.
Rev. Jeremiah Brown - The revered religious authority in Hillsboro who preaches a creed based on the fear of God and the punishment of sinners and sees religion only in black and white.
Rachel Brown - The daughter of Reverend Brown and Cates’ secret girlfriend who teaches at the same school where Cates taught students. Rachel has grown up without a mother and in a home that fears God, leaving no room for any independent thought or questions.
The Judge - The judge presiding over Cates’s trial. While the judge conducts the trial mostly impartially, their beliefs are strongly aligned with the rest of the town. Can be played by a man or woman.
Meeker - The bailiff at the Hillsboro courthouse. He is one of the few individuals that is friendly to Cates.
Mrs. Brady - Matthew Harrison Brady’s wife. She is a sweet woman who has acted as the polished wife of a politician.
Melinda Loomis - A high school-aged girl that believes in the Bible and fears the idea of evolution.
Howard Blair - A student in Cates’s science class that testifies at the trial. While he does not fully understand the concept of evolution, he is not at the trial to be against Cates.
Mrs. Krebs - An outspoken Hillsboro woman. On behalf of the Hillsboro Ladies’ Aid, Mrs. Krebs serves lunch to Brady on his arrival into town.
Bannister - A member of the jury. Bannister has read neither Darwin nor the Bible because he/she is illiterate. Can be played by a man or woman.
Elijah - A wild and illiterate mountain man that sells Bibles.
Mayor - The mayor of Hillsboro is a slightly awkward individual that supports Brady. Can be played by a man or woman.
Davenport - The local district attorney that assists Brady during the trial. Can be played by a man or woman.
Esterbrook - A streaming host from Chicago. Esterbrook broadcasts the announcement of the verdict and Cates’s sentencing and cuts off Brady in the middle of his victory speech. Can be played by a man or woman.
Jesse H. Dunlap - A farmer and cabinetmaker. Dunlap stands as a potential juror, but Drummond dismisses him because of his enthusiastic support of Brady.
Sillers - An employee at the local feed store and a member of the jury that focuses on working hard while his wife focuses on religion for the both of them.
Storekeeper - The storekeeper professes not to have opinions about creation because they are not good for business. Can be played by a man or woman.