The Vagabond Players are
holding auditions for roles in:
and Robert E. Lee
Dates: Saturday, September
16, 2017 1pm-4pm
Sunday, September 17,
Vagabond Theatre, 806
S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Performance Dates: January 5 - February
Rehearsals begin November 6, 2017
Auditions will be readings from the
script. No appointment
necessary. Non-union, non-paid.
For questions, contact director
Sherrionne Brown at email@example.com
Inherit the Wind is a
fictionalized account of the
1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which
resulted in John T. Scopes'
conviction for teaching Charles
of evolution to a high
school science class, contrary to
a Tennessee state law. The
role of Matthew Harrison Brady is
intended to reflect the personality and
beliefs of William Jennings Bryan,
while that of Henry Drummond is intended
to be similar to that of Clarence
Darrow. Bryan and Darrow, formerly close
friends, opposed one another at the
Scopes trial. The character of E. K.
Hornbeck is modeled on that of H.
L. Mencken, who covered the trial
for The Baltimore Sun, and the
character of Bertram Cates corresponds
Bertram Cates: 24 - Science
teacher and the defendant in the trial,
having been arrested for teaching his
students the theory of evolution;
soft-spoken and humble; wonders about
the nature of the universe.
50s-60s - National political figure and
three-time loser in presidential
campaigns, he arrives in Hillsboro to
lead the prosecution in Cates' trial;
Christian fundamentalist and Nebraska
native, Brady defends the literal truth
of the Bible against what he labels
Cates' big-city agnosticism.
Drummond: 50s-60s - Famous lawyer
from Chicago whom the Baltimore
Herald sends to defend Cates; a
believer in human progress, argues for
freedom of thought.
K. Hornbeck: 30s - Cynical,
wisecracking journalist and critic for
the Baltimore Herald who speaks
in colorful phrases, he travels to
Hillsboro to cover the trial; despises
Brady's religious fundamentalism and the
townspeople's simple-minded acceptance
of Brady's views. In his column,
he portrays Cates as a hero.
40s-60s - Figure of religious authority
in Hillsboro, he preaches a creed based
on the fear of God and the punishment of
Brown: 22 - Daughter of
Reverend Brown; teaches second grade at
the school where Cates also
taught. Engaged to Cates; fears
her father's disapproval.
Brady: 50s-60s - Brady's wife;
happy to be in the background to help
her husband's political career; worries
about her husband's health; friends with
Judge: 40s-60s - Presides over
Cates' trial; conducts the trial
impartially, although his personal views
about the Bible are in line with those
of the rest of the townspeople.
Baliff at the Hillsboro courthouse;
friendly to Cates
Davenport: 30s - Local district
attorney who assists Brady during the
40s-60s - Mayor of Hillsboro who
supports Brady and welcomes him to town.
Loomis: 12 - Believes in the Bible
and fears the idea of evolution.
Blair: 12 - Student in Cates'
science class, he grasps the idea of
evolution in a rudimentary way; gives
testimony at the trial.
addition, there are speaking roles for
the people in the town and outsiders
who attend the trial. Doubling
of most of these roles
Krebs: Outspoken; member of
Ladies Aid who serves lunch to Brady on
his arrival in town.
Bannister: Member of the jury; has
read neither Darwin nor the Bible
because he is illiterate.
Blair: Howard's mother
Loomis: Melinda's mother; very
McClain: Sells fans to the crowd
Illiterate mountain man who sells Bibles
to the townspeople and preaches his
beliefs to the crowd
Y. Easterbrook: Radio host from
Chicago; broadcasts announcement of the
H. Dunlap: Farmer and
cabinetmaker; potential juror who
Sillers: Employee at the local
feed store; member of the jury who
focuses on making a living while his
wife takes care of religious matters for
both of them
Owner of a store across the square from
the courthouse; professes not to have
convictions about creation because they
are not good for business
Stebbins: Father of a boy
who died; posts bond for Drummond
Cooper: a workman
Vagabond Players is an all-volunteer,
not-for-profit, non-union Theatre. Actors
are not paid. Actors of all ethnicities are
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