Joining in with organizations all over North America, Elevate, in association with Tinshack Creative, present a staged reading of “12 Angry Men, by 12 Impassioned Women”, on April 7 at the Stan Hagen Theatre (North Island College, Comox Valley Campus), as part of 12000voices.com.
Net proceeds from this event will benefit Comox Valley Transition Society’s Girls Group, and Comox Valley Arts.
12 Angry Men was first an Emmy-award winning TV Movie in 1954, written by Reginald Rose, and later adapted for Stage by Sherman L. Sergel.
It’s the story of a young man, accused of murder, and the 12 jurors – all men – chosen to decide his fate… and just how they come around to doing that.
This story is just as relevant and important today. With the arguable verdicts that have been found in numerous cases in recent years, particularly when the defendant was aboriginal with few peers on their jury, the carriage of justice and the application of the criminal code deserve some scrutiny.
Additionally, and the impetus behind this project, is, 12 Angry Men aired on television in 1954. That is a full 19 years BEFORE women were universally allowed to sit on Juries throughout Canada and the US.
Canada is marginally ahead, in that by 1952 Manitoba was the first provincial court to allow women Jurors… the last one was Quebec in 1971. British Columbia falls right in the middle at 1964.
The 12000 Voices project is the passion project of US theatre producer, Lauren Class Schneider. She says, “ The need for continuing towards gender equality & gender parity is real. It’s vital to our [countries] and the entire planet. ‘12 Angry Men performed by 12 Impassioned Women’ allows us to use our voices to tell a story, make others think, and motivate others to action.”
This presentation is the only Canadian entry in the project. The producers chose to use the “male” script – the original – because it was assessed as “stronger” than the 12 Angry Women version. This came with some challenges… “masculine” language combined with period colloquialisms, which the cast has been working to neutralize and modernize without losing the power of the story and the attitudes that are challenged – and changed – from start to end of the script.
Jurors are portrayed by: Aly Bird, Meaghan Cursons, Camille Douglas, Tianna Franklin, Alice Grange, Carolyn Kirk-Albert, Theresa Lambert, Kathryn Miller, Wendy Morin, Josie Aileen Patterson, Amanda Ridgway, and Catherine Worthy Halkyard. Coordinated/directed by Kera McHugh.
Tickets are available online at gigtix.ca or at the door. Prices range from $10 for students/fixed income in advance to $30 for a “fundraising ticket” at the door. See Facebook for details. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
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FMI: Kera McHugh, [email protected]