Culture & Ethics
Good News from Hollywood? See Disinherit the Wind and Join West, Wells for Post-Play Discussion
Mindless adherence to stereotypes — what someone like you is supposed to think — is one of the most effective weapons in Darwinism’s arsenal. Many otherwise thoughtful men and women have refused to consider the evidence about evolution critically or objectively because doing so isn’t in keeping with their own self-image.
So we were delighted last year to welcome a new stage play in Los Angeles, Disinherit the Wind, that knocked stereotypes about Darwin skepticism down flat. The good news is that if you’re in the L.A. area, you get a special second chance to see Disinherit, April 9 at the Ruby Theatre at The Complex on Hollywood’s Theater Row.
The play, by Matt Chait, is a very original and creative reworking of the material of a hoary film classic, Inherit the Wind. While the film was Darwinist agitprop, plundering the historical material of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, the play upends all that. Instead of a high school teacher put on trial by Christian fundamentalists for teaching Darwin’s theory, per the movie, the play has a neurobiologist and Darwin skeptic suing the University of California after being censored for his views.
Mr. Chait, like his protagonist, arrived at his own thoughts on intelligent design by way of yoga and a longtime interest in Eastern spirituality. Take that, stereotypes! When the play first opened, Center for Science & Culture associate director John West interviewed Matt Chait and reviewed the play. Chait has since rewritten the play, which features a delightful impersonation of Richard Dawkins by the actor Circus-Szalewski.
Join us on April 9, from 3 to 6:15 pm, as Dr. West and Discovery Institute biologist Jonathan Wells, author of the forthcoming Zombie Science, lead a post-play discussion. Tickets are only $20, which includes a 20 percent discount. More information is here (and note the viewer advisory). Go here to register.
So much news out of Hollywood and the world of theater and entertainment is discouraging — but Mr. Chait and his work are a breath of fresh air. We’ll hope to see you there for a thought-provoking afternoon at the theater!
Photo: Matt Chait, by Ed Krieger.