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AUDITIONS: Inherit the Wind

Sunday, September 24, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production Inherit the Wind will be held September 24 and 25 at 6:00 pm on the Withycombe Main Stage with possible call backs on September 26. The Main Stage is located in Withycombe Hall on the OSU Corvallis Campus, 30th and Campus Way.


Inherit the Wind is a classic American play based on the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trials” of 1925. This fictional account of the historic trial has been a popular fixture of the American stage since its debut in 1955 and has been the basis for multiple film adaptations. This courtroom drama depicts the complicated intersections of faith, science, and identity in a changing modern world in the tight-knit community of Hillsboro.


Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty, and area community members of all ages. The cast features 6 principle roles and a large ensemble that will portray multiple characters for a total of 29 roles available. Auditioners should be prepared for cold readings from the script (available September 20th ).


Rehearsals will be held Mondays-Fridays 6:00-10:00 pm. Tech/dress rehearsals will begin Saturday November 4-November 8. Performance dates are November 9 and 11 and 16-17 at 7:30 pm and November 12 and 19 at 2:00 pm. All performers must be available for all tech/dress rehearsals, performances, and strike following the closing performance.


For questions please contact the director, Nathan Bush at Nathan.bush@oregonstate.edu


Principle Roles:

Matthew Harrison Brady: (Male, mid-late 60’s) A national political celebrity and Christian fundamentalist who arrives in Hillsboro to lead the prosecution of Bertram Cates in the trial of the century. He uses this trial as a pulpit and views it as a battle between good and evil.

Henry Drummond: (Male, mid-late 60’s) A famous lawyer from Chicago, religious agnostic and defense attorney for Bertram Cates.  Drummond is a champion of progress, and fiercely defends any individual’s freedom of thought and an old friend of Matthew Harrison Brady.

Bertram Cates: (Male, early-mid 20’s) A local teacher and the defendant in the trial. Cates has been arrested for teaching the theory of evolution which is illegal in the town of Hillsboro.  He is genuinely liked throughout most of the town.  He is a humble man who is questioning the origins and meaning of the world around him.

Rachel Brown: (Female, early-mid 20’s).  A local school teacher and not only a close friend of Bertram Cates, but a romantic interest as well. She is the daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Brown and deeply fears her father’s disapproval. She is torn throughout the whole ordeal of the trial; conflicted between her own beliefs, love for Bertram Cates, and expectations from her father and civic sense of duty.

Rev. Jeremiah Brown: (Male, mid-late 50-s or 60’s) The fiery religious authority in Hillsboro who walks the fine line between dedicated and fanatical.  His sermons can instigate his congregation almost to the point of rioting.  He is not pleased with his daughter’s relationship with Bertram Cates and sees the trial much along the same side as Matthew Harrison Brady.

E. K. Hornbeck: (Male, mid-late 30’s or 40’s) A sarcastic journalist and critic who covers the trial for the Baltimore Herald. He is deeply cynical towards not only the Christian fundamentalist views embodied by Matthew Harrison Brady and Rev. Jeremiah Brown, but the simple way and perceived ignorance of the town of Hillsboro.

Withycombe Hall (campus map)
Main Stage
30th and Campus Way
Nathan Bush
nathan.bush at oregonstate.edu
Theatre Arts
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