Inherit The Wind | Boldly Reimagined Production Coming to Pasadena Playhouse

Alfred Molina & John Douglas Thompson lead "Inherit The Wind" at Pasadena Playhouse with Chris Perfetti. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, directed by Michael Michetti.

Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, announces casting for the Playhouse’s fresh take on Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s Inherit the Wind (November 1 to November 26) which will be helmed by celebrated Los Angeles director Michael Michetti and feature a cast of 17.

The cast of Inherit the Wind is led by Alfred Molina (The Father at Pasadena Playhouse, Frida, Spider-Man 2) as Henry Drummond, John Douglas Thompson (Till, The Gilded Age, Tony Nomination for Jitney) as Matthew Harrison Brady, and Chris Perfetti (ABC’s Abbott Elementary) as E.K. Hornbeck.

The production also features Abubakr Ali (Netflix’s Grendel) as Bertram Cates, David Aaron Baker (Broadway’s A Raisin in the Sun) as Reverend Jeremiah Brown, and Rachel Hilson (Red, White & Royal Blue; CBS’ The Good Wife) as Rachel Brown.

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For this new production, audience members will be a part of the action with onstage seating in the courtroom gallery as well as a jury box located at the foot of the stage. More information on tickets to this onstage seating experience being sold in partnership with TodayTix Group will be announced soon.

The full cast is rounded out by Jared Bybee as Dunlap/Reporter/Radio Man, Brian Calì as Meeker/Photographer/Townsperson, Marlene Forte as Mrs. Brady, Matt Gomez Hidaka as Howard Blair, Thomas Hobson as Tom Davenport/Reporter, Michael Kostroff as Mayor/Reporter, John W. Lawson as Bannister/Reporter, Phillip J. Lewis as Sillers/Reporter, Gabriella Pizzigoni as Melinda Loomis, Rene Rivera as Judge/Reporter/Townsperson, and Pam Trotter as Mrs. Krebs.

The creative team includes Sara Ryung Clement (Costume Designer), Omar Madkour (Lighting Designer), Jeff Gardner (Sound Designer), Darryl Archibald (Vocal Arranger), Jeffrey Bernstein (Vocal Director), Miranda Johnson-Haddad (Dramaturg), and Casting by RBT Casting (Ryan Bernard Tymensky, CSA and Rose Bochner, CSA).

Two of the nation’s leading lawyers go head-to-head in the ultimate battle of wit, wisdom, and will in this powerful drama. With freedom of speech hanging in the balance, will this small-town courtroom bring us together or tear the nation apart? In a fresh production boldly reimagined for today, Inherit the Wind will make you rethink what you know and dare you to question just how much society has evolved. “Even more topical than half a century ago.”-NEW YORK TIMES

Inherit the Wind is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. Additional production support provided by The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

Tickets and information for Inherit the Wind are available at, by phone at 626-356-7529, and at the box office at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.