Kansas City native Ed Asner is no stranger to controversy. The Emmy-winning actor fought with CBS in the 1980s when the network objected to his political activism, and he has been outspoken against the Iraq war since its infancy. So it should be entertaining to watch him play a conservative — stubborn lawyer William Jennings Bryan — in The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial at the Lied Center of Kansas (1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence). Based on court transcripts, the stripped-down presentation focuses on John Scopes, accused in 1925 of violating the Butler Act that prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools. He was defended by Clarence Darrow in the first “trial of the century.” The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Call 785-864-2787 for tickets.
Wed., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2009