“Inherit the Wind” – November 2013

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Classic Theater Guild is proud to announce the 1st piece of their 2013 – 2014 main stage season,  Inherit the Wind, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, directed by Glenn Read.  This piece was chosen by one of the Guild’s founders, Glenn Read, to commemorate and celebrate the Guild’s 10th anniversary season.  Glenn Read directed this piece in 2003 at the time of Classic Theater Guild Inc.’s inception as they were just getting started as a theater company at the Hilton Center in Albany.  It is a proud moment to able to bring this back to the stage once again with the same director and founder 10 years later at the Guild’s current main stage home, Proctors.

Inherit the Wind opens Friday, November 1st, 2013 at Proctors Fenimore Gallery. The show runs through the weekends of November 1st – 3rd and November 7th – 10th.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 PM, and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 PM.

Inherit the Wind brings to the forefront the ever lingering debate of Science versus Religion.  In a small Southern town, Bertram Cates, a school teacher, played by David Allenger, is about to stand trial for introducing the concept to his students that man descended from the apes.  This sets into motion his denouncement by significant town leaders, such as the Rev. Jeremiah Brown, played by Michael Feit.  There is excitement throughout the town once it is heard that the famous Matthew Harrison Brady, George Filieau, will be presenting on behalf of the prosecution.  Additional representatives of the court include the prosecuting attorney, Tom Davenport, played by Joe Bonilla, Judge Coffey, Phil Matthei.  The defense is to be handled by Henry Drummond, a longstanding acquaintance and adversary of Brady, played by Tracy Trimm.  Reverend Brown with all his might rallies the townspeople against Cates and his attorney.  The preacher’s daughter, played by Kat Broadus, has to confront much conflict within herself, as Cates is the love of her life.  An all-out battle ensues in the court between the facts of science, and the beliefs of faith and religion.  However Drummond hammers his point, that Cates, like any other man, has the right to think for himself.  Cates is still found guilty, however due to Drummond making his case so convincingly, the trial winds up becoming a political embarrassment, and the judge has Cates pay a small fine.

The rest of the ensemble of characters include John Reheuser as Mr. Goodfellow and Siller, Isabella Dickson as Melinda, Andrew Makowski as Howard, Joan Ragette as Mrs. Loomis, Kaye Wergedal as Mrs. Blair, Joe Elbert as the Mayor, Janice Wolz as Mrs. Brady, Jesse Braverman as E.K. Hornbeck, Tony Yates as Dunlop and Elijah, and Tyler Pratt as Harry Easterbrook

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