By KATIE HIGGINSFor Inland 360
The power of a single voice will be explored in a staged reading of “12 Angry Men by 12 Impassioned Women” Saturday in Lewiston.
The Lewiston Civic Theatre, under the direction of Cheryl Tousley, will present the reading at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History. This event is part of 12,000 Voices: A National Voter Registration Initiative in which readings of the play “12 Angry Men” will be presented by female voices nationwide this weekend.
(“12 Angry Men”) is about a young Puerto Rican who was charged with premeditated murder, and one jury member out of 12 wants more information,” said Tousley. “It shows the power of one person’s voice.”
The dramatic story of a murder trial originally was written by Reginald Rose in 1954, before women were permitted to serve as jurors. The initiative’s goal is to recognize the struggle women have encountered to gain full rights as U.S. citizens and the ongoing work for women’s equality, as well as to encourage voter registration. Opportunities to register to vote will be provided at the event by the League of Women Voters.
“The women involved are actors, teachers, activists, and city leaders,” Tousley said. “[It’s a] way of recognizing that women came late to serve, but (they) have strong voices.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Staged reading of “12 Angry Men by 12 Impassioned Women”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6
WHERE: Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, 415 Main St., Lewiston
OF NOTE: There will be an opportunity for people to register to vote at the event.