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Saint Mary's College Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Inherit the Wind

For Immediate Release

Debra Holtz
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
[email protected]

Moraga, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2005) - The debate between evolutionists and creationists is dramatically heating up in the media, courts and political arena 80 Inherit the Wind Anniversaryyears after the "Scopes Monkey Trial" pitted the two against each other. Saint Mary's College of California will mark the 50th anniversary of "Inherit the Wind," the play based on that trial, with a series of events including a production of the classic American drama.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward J. Larson, who won the award for his book "Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion," will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Soda Center.

"Inherit the Wind," the 1955 drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, will be directed by Saint Mary's Professor Dan Cawthon and performed in the college's LeFevre Theatre, Oct. 27 to 29 and Nov. 4 to 6.

"The play continues to be relevant," says Cawthon. "While the theory of evolution has become widely accepted in the scientific world, it remains a hot topic for those whose worldview is grounded in religion. The issues debated by William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow 80 years ago still divide the country."

Popular Bay Area actors John Hetzler and Tom Flynn have been cast in the leading roles of Brady and Drummond. They will be joined by a cast of more than 20 campus actors, including a few cameo roles for faculty. Brother Mel Anderson, former president of the college, will play the judge.

(Hetzler's credits include the title roles in "Sweeney Todd" and "The Wizard of Oz" at the Diablo Light Opera Company. Flynn has recently performed the roles of Alfie Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" and Moonface Mooney in "Anything Goes" at Contra Costa Community Theatre.)

Curtain time is 8 p.m. for all performances of "Inherit the Wind," except for a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 6. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Department box office at (925) 631-4670.

Other events include:

* David Depew, an expert on Darwin from the University of Iowa, will offer an historical perspective on the debate between Darwinism and creationism on Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Saint Mary's Soda Center.
* A panel of Saint Mary's faculty members will discuss the Larson and Depew lectures as well as the play on Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. at the Soda Center.

For more information, contact Brother Mark McVann at (925) 631-4460.


Saint Mary's College of California, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 4,500 students in undergraduate, graduate and extended education programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.