L.A. Theatre Works Presents ‘The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 12, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

One of the great debates of American society comes to life in “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial,” performed by America’s foremost radio theater company on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus.

In 1925, science teacher John T. Scopes challenged Tennessee law by teaching evolution. The trial became a national battleground for evolution versus creationism, and it still sparks debate today.

Using the original trial transcripts, L.A. Theatre Works transports audiences back to the sweltering, tension-filled courtroom to experience this dramatic trial firsthand.

A stellar cast featuring Edward Asner and Jerry Hardin brings this landmark production to the stage. Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan, H.L. Mencken and John T. Scopes participated in the momentous trial, which set the stage for an ongoing national debate over the freedom of inquiry and the separation of church and state.

For more than two decades, L.A. Theatre Works has presented radio dramas onstage with first-rate casts, live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting.

Under the leadership of Susan Albert Loewenberg, the company has been broadcast on NPR, XM Satellite Radio, the BBC, the CBC and Voice of America, bringing the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions.

The company records the majority of its productions in Los Angeles before an enthusiastic and loyal audience of season subscribers. Works by Eugene O’Neill, David Henry Hwang, Athol Fugard, Wendy Wasserstein, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Charlayne Woodard, Arthur Miller and others have been performed and recorded by L.A. Theatre Works with casts of critically acclaimed film and stage actors.

On the road, L.A. Theatre Works has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances across America.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

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