In 1925, the same year that Franz Kafka's The Trial was published, one of the most unusual trials ever seen in a United States courtroom took place.
Earlier that year, the state of Tennessee had passed the Butler Act, which made the teaching of evolution illegal.
In the stifling July heat, and in a courtroom hung with banners proclaiming 'Read Your Bible Daily', 24-year-old teacher John Scopes stood trial.
Adapted from the original trial transcript by Peter Goodchild.
John Scopes....Neil Patrick Harris
William Jennings Bryan....Edward Asner
Dudley Field Malone....Stacy Keach
Clarence Darrow....John de Lancie
Judge John Raulston....Jerry Hardin
Attorney General Stewart....Rob Nagle
Arthur Garfield Hays....Arye Gross
Howard Morgan....Tirosh Schneider
Mr Riley....David Selby
Mr Robinson....James Gleason
Mr White....David Alan Novak
Court Usher....Matt Gaydos
Directed by Kate Mcall.
By Peter Goodchild.
In 1925, one of the most unusual trials in US legal history took place
The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial
Neil Patrick Harris (Hollywood's current king of cool and star of How I Met Your Mother) plays Tennessee teacher John Scopes, and Ed Asner ('Lou Grant' or the voice of Disney Pixar's latest smash hit 'Up', depending on your age) plays prosecution lawyer William Jennings Bryan in this new version of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, adapted from the original trial transcript by Peter Goodchild.
In 1925, the same year that Franz Kafka's novel The Trial was first published, this real life case was one of the most unusual trials ever seen in a United States courtroom.
It took place in Dayton, then a small town with a population of less than 2000, and yet the two lawyers ranged against each other couldn't have been higher profile.
Counsel for the Prosecution was three-time Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan, a Christian Fundamentalist.
For the defence was Chicago lawyer, and declared agnostic, Clarence Darrow, who had recently saved two brutal child killers from the death penalty in a very high profile case.
Earlier that year Tennessee had passed The Butler Act, a law forbidding anyone "to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals." In other words, the teaching of evolution was outlawed.
In the stifling heat of July, 1925, and in a courtroom hung with banners proclaiming 'Read Your Bible Daily' , 24 year old John Scopes, a part time teacher, stood trial.
A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.
A new play by Peter Goodchild, taken from the original sources and trial transcripts, starring Ed Asner, Mike Farrell, and Sharon Gless.
Hear the definitive recording from L.A.
Theatre Works' extremely successful 24-city national tour of this fascinating radio docudrama! The play is a compelling recreation of the infamous 1925 trial of young science teacher John Thomas Scopes which sparked the evolution vs.
creationism debate that still rages today.
Adapted from the original trial transcripts by Peter Goodchild, starring Edward Asner, Charles Durning, and Tyne Daly.
The Scopes Trial, over the right to teach the theory of evolution in public schools, reaffirmed the principle of intellectual freedom as codified in the Bill of Rights.
The trial, in a small-town Tennessee courtroom in 1925, set the stage for ongoing national debates over freedom of inquiry and the separation of church and state in a democratic society, debates that continue to this day.