Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

‘Monkey Trial’ at Mahila Samity on August 17

‘Monkey Trial’ at Mahila Samity on August 17

Theatre troupe Batighar’s new play ‘Monkey Trial’ will be staged at the Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on August 17.

Directed by Sanjoy Sarker Muktnil, the play is based on Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s ‘Inherit the Wind’ fictionalising the 1925 ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’, an American legal case.

The play depicts the trial of Bertram ‘Bert’ Cates, a science teacher at a public school in Hillsboro, Tennessee, who was convicted of ignoring the 1925 Butler Act and teaching students Darwin’s theory of theism and evolution in his class.

Known in its days as ‘The Trial of the Century’, later as the ‘Monkey Trial’, the Scopes trial pitted two famous lawyers against one another -- three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution and renowned attorney Clarence Darrow for the defence.

The Butler Act was originally passed by the Tennessee Legislature in March 1925, declaring the teaching of any doctrine that denies divine creation illegal. The case was widely reported in the media and caught the attention of the whole world.

The judicial process sparked a national debate over the truth of evolution, helping to bring scientific evidence to the public's attention.

The probable cast of the play includes Muktonil, Khalid Hasan Rumi, Rajib Dey, Smoron Biswas, Tarana Tabassum, Sabrina Sharmin, Shonjoy Goshami, Saddam Rahman and others.

The play was first staged on December 31, 2021 at experimental theatre hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).