Scopes, by Spencer Snyder
Libretto by George Gaffney
Featuring Daniel Klein, Sean Jernigan, Melanie Leinbach, Joshua Miller
Dean Buck, conductor; Victoria Benson, director; Dolly Reyes, set design
* World Premiere
In 1925 a school teacher named John Scopes was sued by the state of Tennessee for the crime of teaching evolution. The trial drew intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to Dayton to cover the big-name lawyers who had agreed to represent each side. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, spoke for Scopes. Witness a reimagining of this epic showdown.