- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: L. A. Theatre Works; Unabridged edition (July 10, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580810578
- ISBN-13: 978-1580810579
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial: Starring Charles Durning, Edward Asner and Tyne Daly Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, July 10, 2001
It is a reconstruction of the celebrated 1925 trial in Dayton, Tennessee. Obstensibly about a teacher's illegal teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution, it evolved into a "duel to the death" (the prosecution's words) in a contest between theology and science. The recording was made in Hollywood, the cast were all American, Peter Goodchild, the adapter, was British, and the production team were half British, half American. Neither theatre nor documentary, it succeeds in thrillingly being both. -- The London Times
Most of us respond to the Scopes Monkey Trial in terms of the popular play and movie "Inherit the Wind." But that was a dramatization of court transcripts, not a meticulous playback of the sundry strategies, witnesses and warring attorneys. Now, with the radio drama THE GREAT TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL, you can experience another more literal dramatization, totally compiled from the transcripts of that historic battle in Dayton, Tenn., in the summer of 1925 over the right to teach the theory of evolution in public schools. Starring Edward Asner as the Bible thumper William Jennings Bryan and Charles Durning as the attorney Clarence Darrow, the production celebrates the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights with a swarm of heretofore unknown characters in a recording that catches the heat and clamor of that legal boiler room known as Tennessee versus John Thomas Scopes. -- Los Angeles Times
Radio drama of a special order. -- L.A. Times
The remarkable aspect of THE GREAT TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL is how closely Peter Goodchild's adaptation of the official record of the infamous court battle in Dayton, Tennessee reflects contemporary arguments. This American production features a bravura performance by Edward Asner as the fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan. -- The Guardian
From the Inside Flap
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.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Edward Asner, Bill Brochtrup, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Matthew Patrick Davis, John de Lancie, James Gleason, Harry Groener, Jerry Hardin, Geoffrey Lower, Marnie Mosiman and Kenneth Alan Williams.
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. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Besides that, it’s an interesting case that’s worth further study and thought. Since Andrew’s a teacher, and I studied education for my Master’s, the way law and social norms influence how and what we teach is incredibly interesting to me, so that helped a lot for pulling me into the story in general. This case also foreshadows a lot of the textbook wars we have present-day, so it’s fascinating to hear some of these first arguments for/against teaching evolution/religion. Very cool.
However, I think it’d be better to actually see the play or read the book. It was hard for me to keep all the characters straight, and within the trial, I think it’s important to know who is speaking and who is making what argument (even though after a while, you can figure it out). Admittedly, I’m not the best when it comes to remembering details when I’m only getting information through audio, so if audio is your strong suit, then it might not be a problem for you.
Overall, however, I think it was a good dramatization of the trial and it presented a lot of interesting factors that (like the description says) we’re still debating today, especially within education. I just think that I would have much preferred to read this than to listen to it, even with the full cast.