“Law, Rhetoric, in '12 Angry Women'"

The next SPU Theatre Artists Forum is Friday, November 18, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance of “Twelve Angry Women" in McKinley Hall. The next forum, “Law, Rhetoric, and ‘12 Angry Women,'" is a discussion of the issues raised by Sherman Sergel's play, based on Reginald Rose's teleplay. The guests will be:

Clark Silliman, discussing the legal realities of the play. Silliman brings a broad legal background to his teaching at Edmonds Community College where he is in his 21st year as an instructor in the paralegal program. He has been in private practice in the Puget Sound area since 1968, trying a broad range of civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts.

Bill Purcell, discussing the rhetorical structure of the play. Purcell is chair of the SPU Communication and Journalism department, where he teaches courses in communication theory, rhetorical theory, argumentation, and public speaking. He is the author of two books, Ars poetriae: Rhetoeical and Grammatical Invention at the Margin of Literacy (1996); and The Rhetorical Short Story: Best American Short Stories on War and the Military, 1915-2006 (2009).

The SPU's Theatre Artists Series features wide-ranging talks with guest artists about their craft and their work. The series offers a glimpse into the creative process of all aspects of theatre, from actors to designers to marketing and fundraising professionals. For more information or if you have questions, contact Theatre Chair Don Yanik at 206-281-2145 or zeke@spu.edu.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011