Rosie Forrest is the artistic associate of Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois, and is currently serving as the dramaturg for the theatre’s revival of “Inherit the Wind.” Here she writes for The Scientist, Magazine of the Life Sciences:
The evolution of Inherit the Wind
The classic play has something to teach us about the intersection
between science and religion at three crucial points in American history.
Inherit the Wind is a play that belongs to three decades. Its story was
inspired by the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1920s, it was a hit on Broadway
in 1950s, and it remains pertinent to the battle between evolution and
intelligent design that found its way to a Pennsylvania courthouse only