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12 Angry Men Performed by 12 Impassioned Women

THEATER
Central School,
Room 108
809 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601


TICKET INFO
$12.00


ABOUT
About the Production
Cast & Creatives

Itinerant Theatre announces an upcoming presentation with an all-star cast of women who will lend their impassioned voices to a reading of the classic play, Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose as participants in the nationwide initiative “12,000 Voices”. The reading will take place at 7 pm on April 6, at Central School, Center for Arts & Humanities, 809 Kirby St., Room 108. A limited number of tickets are available for $12.00 at www.itineranttheatre.com or by calling 337-436-6275. 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The national grassroots initiative is called 12,000 Voices, started by Broadway producer Lauren Class Schneider, inspired by last fall’s star-studded, all-female staged reading of Twelve Angry Men. The idea being that if the play was performed in 1000 location, there would be 12,000 voices collectively. The performances will be presented as: 12 Angry Men Performed By 12 Impassioned Women. “Harnessing the power of storytelling by simultaneously presenting this timeless play around the country, we hope to stimulate community engagement on a local level,” says Schneider, who has served as campaign staff on several presidential campaigns along with her experience as a Broadway producer. “Because the play makes a powerful argument for the value of civic involvement, it’s a great platform for a voter registration event.”

In Twelve Angry Men, 11 jurors are convinced of an accused murderer’s guilt, but one holdout convinces them to look at their consciences and prejudices. Following the staged reading on April 6th, audience members, cast, and staff will have the opportunity to update their voter registration. Information will also be given about how to increase voter registration and voter turnout.

The play Twelve Angry Men was adapted from Reginald Rose’s 1954 teleplay of the same name for the CBS Studio One television series later resulting in a film adaptation directed by Sidney Lumet. In the story, a 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case -until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Sequestered in a small room, each juror reveals their own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become Twelve Angry Men.

ABOUT 12,000 Voices

The 12,000 Voices campaign aims to empower voter registration by calling on women across the country to raise their voices—scripts in hand.

Inspired by last fall’s star-studded, all-female staged reading of Twelve Angry Men, Broadway producer Lauren Class Schneider is inviting women in law schools, universities, high schools, community and regional theatres, and community centers across the country to raise their voices—scripts in hand—in readings of Reginald Rose’s play over the weekend of April 5-8. As with the 2018 reading, which was produced by Schneider, the national grassroots initiative is calling for all-female casts to perform the play, after which, there will be an opportunity for participants and audiences alike to update their voter registration.

The initiative is called 12,000 Voices, the idea being that if the play was performed in 1000 location, there would be 12,000 voices collectively. The performances will be presented as: 12 Angry Men Performed By 12 Impassioned Women.“Harnessing the power of storytelling by simultaneously presenting this timeless play around the country, we hope to stimulate community engagement on a local level,” says Schneider, who has served as campaign staff on several presidential campaigns along with her experience as a Broadway producer. “Because the play makes a powerful argument for the value of civic involvement, it’s a great platform for a voter registration event.”In Twelve Angry Men, 11 jurors are convinced of an accused murderer’s guilt, but one holdout convinces them to look at their consciences and prejudices. While written in 1954, the play only debuted on Broadway in a production from Roundabout Theatre Company in 2004 starring an all-male cast.

“Rose wrote the original courtroom drama as a teleplay in 1954, some 19 years before women could serve on juries in all 50 states. An all-female cast of this play, at this time, is relevant on so many levels,” Schneider said. “Right now, we are working with different groups across the country on their April 5-8th readings. I am excited to see how organizations across the country embrace, participate, and lend their voice with their own presentations!”To register to host your own reading, or for more information, visit 12000Voices.com

CAST & CREATIVE

The cast includes Keshi Bartie, Amanda Boutin, Cathy Chapman, Carla Chrisco, Georgina Graves, Tasha Guidry, Jo Ann Hanks, Tiffany Granger Jacko, Cidra Jackson, Taylor Novak, Heather Partin, Natalie Sell, Susan Matthews Sykes. Gwendolyn Young Patterson is Stage Manager, Michelle Brunson is Technical Director and Joy Pace is Director.