The piece involves a fanciful meeting of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford, some 120 years after Darwin's death. In real life, Huxley was a great proponent of Darwin's theories of evolution, and Wilberforce, a great opponent. They famously butted heads in an 1860 debate, at which Darwin was not present. Now, however, he is present — but the question has become where that "present" actually is.Rene Copland, the repertory director states:"
My mother always told me there were three things that were not to be discussed in polite comedy," he says. "Religion, sex and politics. I found later on that those were three of the subjects that I always want to discuss. This play combines all three, which makes it my dream show."The play is being given at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater on May 16.