Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mark Klemetsrud as Clarence Darrow

Mark Klemetsrud's Performance of
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned

On Wednesday, November 14, in the Peru State College Theater, PSC's Phi Alpha Theta sponsored Mark Klemetsrud's dress rehearsal for the college community of Clarence Darrow by David W. Rintels, a play originally written for Henry Fonda.

An appreciative audience watched Klemetsrud become Darrow, perhaps best known as the attorney who challenged William Jennings Bryan in the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial." At this link, you can view and download images from Mark's impressive performance. And here you can learn more about Clarence Darrow.

The following two short videos from the performance provide samples of Klemetsrud's acting excellence. One excerpt comes from the scene in which Darrow defends a union organizer accused in Idaho of a murder he did not commit; and the other video provides a short scene from one of Darrow's other famous trials, in which he must defend himself against false charges of attempted bribery stemming from the famous McNamara case; both verdicts made the lawyer enemies and caused the loss of friends and clients.

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