Jagdish Raja, Director -Development at Jagriti Theatre, will direct Jerome Lawrence’s and Robert Edwin Lee’s Inherit The Wind . Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT) had first produced the play in 1979.

Jagdish Raja had directed the play for BLT in 1979 and in 2000, under the Artistes’ Repertory Theatre banner. Inherit The Wind is said to be one of the greatest American plays of the twentieth century. The play is based on the 1925 “Monkey Trials” of Tennessee.

A school teacher is indicted for teaching Darwin’s Theory of evolution in his classroom. What follows is the teacher’s intense trial. Even though the play is based on real events that occurred in the 1920s, it is relevant even today. The play essentially highlights the right freedom to one’s opinions and to think. “Eventually, bigotry is an attempt to stop people from having opinions. And we are now surrounded by bigotry. The only faculty that differentiates us from animals is our ability to reason. This is what the play is about.”

Speaking about Jagriti Theatre’s partnership with BLT for the present production, Jagdish Raja says: “We thought why not get together with them to stage this play? In 1979, there weren’t too many theatre groups, BLT was naturally a nursery for most of us.”

Featuring Koshy Varghese, Jagdish Raja, Sanjay Iyer, Janardhan Roy, Shankar Subramanian, Noel Manasseh, Pooja Shankar, Ranvijay Pratap Singh and others, Inherit The Wind will be performed today till April 28 at Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield. The performances on Tuesdays to Saturdays will be at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 and 6.30 p.m. Tickets are available at the venue and www.bookmyshow.com. For details call 4124 2879.

S.D.

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