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INHERIT THE WIND

by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee

Dates:

Overall dates 28th April OR 5th May - 14th June.

Reh: for BRADY, DRUMMOND, DAVENPORT & JUDGE begin 28th April.  

Reh: for HORNBECK, REV. BROWN, CATES & MEEKER begin 5th May.  

Show opens 31st May. Show closes 14th June

 

Company: New Vic Theatre

Producer: New Vic Theatre

Director: Peter Leslie Wild

Casting Associate: Anji Carroll

Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Company wage: £414 + £148 - small annual increase due April.

Casting details: 9/10 April

 

Summary

This 1955 play is based on the famous “Scopes” or “Monkey” Trial of 1925, in which a school teacher was put on trial for teaching Darwin as opposed to Creationism. More famous as a film (1960, directed by Stanley Kramer with Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly and Frederic March). It is a huge sweeping, choric play with more than 40 characters. The New Vic production will have 16 professional actors (8 of whom will be through cast from the previous play), alongside 16-20 community actors playing townsfolk and small speaking parts. Although basically a courtroom drama, the production will aim to give a continuous sense of the whole town being ever present and music and song from the whole town will play an important part.

We are now looking to cast eight leading parts.

 

MATTHEW HARRISON BRADY (Male, 60 - 64)

Early 60s, ex-presidential candidate. Charismatic, adored by the people, and very full of himself. He is in advocate for the teachings of the Bible and is ultimately undone in the courtroom by the clever defence lawyer. Described as a “benign giant”. A huge part which in some ways dominates the play.

Height: Any

 

 

 

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

HENRY DRUMMOND (Male, 52 - 59)

50s. A maverick loner, this lawyer comes to town to defend the teacher accused of teaching Darwinism. Sharp and clever, he is described by his enemies as a “slouching hulk of a man”. He goes head to head with Brady and the prosecution lawyer, Davenport.

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

TOMDAVENPORT (Male, 29 - 33)

30s. A business-like young District Attorney, acting for the prosecution in the court. Educated but unimaginative. Not strong enough to match up to the likes of Drummond.

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:


JUDGE (Male, 52 - 65)

50s plus. A humourless figure who does everything by the book. A rather austere figure who is clearly uncomfortable with the unorthodoxy of some of the methods used by the maverick lawyers in his court room. Doubles Bollinger in Act 1 sc 1 (a very small part of a local citizen).

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

 

E.K. HORNBECK (Male, 33 - 38)

Mid-30s. Newspaperman who provides a kind of choric commentary on proceedings. He is cynical, sharp, clever and full of sound-bites. Describes Hillsboro as “The buckle on the Bible Belt”, and describes the courtroom as “A combination of Moorish and Methodist; it must have been designed by a congressman.” He is there to stir things up to make a news story and looks firmly down on the country cousins he is surrounded by.

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

REVJEREMIAH BROWN (Male, 44 - 60)

40s plus. At first seems to be a kindly pastor with the best interests of his flock at heart. But turns out to be a zealous fire and brimstone preacher who stirs up hatred for Cates among his congregation. Leads an evangelistic prayer meeting which gets frighteningly out of control. Charismatic. Disturbed by his daughter’s passion for Cates.

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

BERT CATES (Male, 24 - 28)

24. A young school-teacher who is unwittingly at the centre of a national sensation. He is on trial for teaching Darwin to children, but he isn’t a martyr. He is an “intellectual explorer” trying to give his children a broad and open-minded education. Complicated by the fact that his sweetheart is Rachel Brown, daughter of the Pastor who still has a closed mind at the start of the play. He is caught between love for her and the principle of teaching what he sees as the truth.

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

MR MEEKER (Male, 43 - 59)

40s/50s. The Bailiff. He looks after the court room and the jailhouse and is his own man. Does things in his own time, and represents the sleepy world of Hillsboro which is woken up by the legal circus that comes to town.

Height: Any

Appearance: White

Pay category: Equity / PACT

Agreements:

 

TO SUBMIT:

Email details to Casting Director, Anji Carroll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the subject bar, enter the show name and the character you are submitting your details for e.g. INHERIT THE WIND, MR MEEKER

Closing Date: 28/03/2014: 12:00

 

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