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The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

By: Peter Goodchild
Directed by: Brendon Fox
Starring: Edward AsnerBill BrochtrupKyle Colerider-KrughMatthew Patrick DavisJohn de LancieJames GleasonHarry GroenerJerry HardinGeoffrey LowerMarnie MosimanKenneth Alan Williams

Air Date: August 17, 2018

The Scopes Trial, over the right to teach evolution in public schools, reaffirmed the importance 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 debates over the separation of Church and State in a democratic society—debates that continue to this day. Peter Goodchild used transcripts from the trial to create this intense docudrama.

Recorded in Cambridge, Massachusetts before a live audience at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in April of 2007.

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

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True West

By: Sam Shepard
Directed by: Eric Simonson
Starring: Dean CameronFrancis GuinanAlfred MolinaCharlotte Rae

Air Date: August 24, 2018

Pulitzer-Prize winner Sam Shepard’s classic comedy is a story of estranged brothers Austin and Lee. Shepard compares and contrasts the reality of the two brothers by forcing them to come to terms with each other, with themselves, and with their family.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 2001.

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