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Inherit the Wind
By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed by Sanford Robbins
Thompson Theatre


Presented by the Resident Ensemble Players, Delaware's resident professional acting company, performing at the University of Delaware. 

“It’s not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think.”

One of the most famous trials in U.S. history is the inspiration for this this sizzling courtroom drama. During the Scopes “monkey trial” of 1925, the focus of the entire nation is riveted on a small town courthouse where a high school science teacher faces prison for teaching Darwin’s theories of evolution. This searing and moving drama centers on cultural conflicts still being hotly debated today – church vs. state, fundamentalism vs. freedom of belief, and the sanctity of faith vs. the right to think – in a brilliant boxing match between two of the greatest legal giants of the twentieth century.

Inherit the Wind runs approximately two hours and fifteen minutes, including one intermission.

Thur. ​March 7 ​7:30 pm
​Fri. ​March 8 ​7:3​0 pm
​Sat. ​March 9 ​7:30 pm ​Opening
​Sun. ​March 10 ​2:00 pm
​Thur. ​March 14 ​7:30 pm  ​Talk-back w/ the cast
​Fri. ​March 15 ​7:30 pm
​Sat. ​March 16 ​2:00 pm ​Prologue @ 1:15 pm
​Sat. ​March 16 ​7:30 pm
​Sun. ​March 17 ​2:00 pm
​Thur. ​March 21 ​7:30 pm
​Fri. ​March 22 ​7:30 pm ​Talk-back w/ the cast
​Sat. ​March 23 ​2:00 pm
​Sat. ​March 23 ​7:30 pm
​Sun. ​March 24 ​2:00 pm Prologue @ 1:15 pm​
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The cast of Inherit the Wind.

Lee E. Ernst as Henry Drummond​, Noble Shropshire as the Judge, and Stephen Pelinski as Matthew Harrison Brady, 

Anthony Triplett, Jimmy Boyle, Skip Robinson, and Elizabeth (Ello) Shertzer.
REP productions are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

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Suki the marionette chimp and her creator Essie Windham​.

Michael Gotch as science teacher Bertram Cates.

Hassan El-Amin as Reverend Brown, Kristen Alyson Browne as Rachel and Stephen Pelinski as Matthew Harrison Brady.