Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who could participate in 12,000 Voices?
Anyone could host their own reading of “12 Angry Men Performed by 12 Impassioned Women.” We think it’s great for community theater groups, regional theaters, colleges, universities, community colleges, law schools, business schools, and high school Drama / English / and Social Studies departments.
2. I’d like to host a reading; do I need to register?
Yes. To have the biggest impact, the more readings across the country that are officially registered, the better. Currently, registration is open for theaters that employ actors on an Equity contract: Click here to begin registration.
For all other theaters (colleges, high schools, community groups… etc.), sign up here, and we’ll let you know when registration becomes available.
3. Is there a difference between registering as a Equity company or as a community group? What does it cost to register?
Yes. Through 12,000 Voices, your rights have been arranged with the proper publishing house. For theaters that employ actors on an Equity contract, your rights have been secured through Samuel French. The fee for Equity companies is $400 through 2018 (and will increase in 2019).
For all other groups (including schools, community organizations, and other theater companies) your rights will be through Dramatists Publishing Company.
4. What if I want to use Equity actors? How would this work?
12,000 Voices has coordinated with Actors’ Equity. Equity readings can be presented through the Theatre Authority, a nonprofit organization that administers and regulates the free appearances of performers. Once registered, we’ll put you in touch with Russell Lehrer at Actors’ Equity, administrator for the Theatre Authority.
5. What if I can’t afford the registration fee?
Thanks to an anonymous donor, a limited number of sponsorships are available. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
6. What do I get for my registration fee?
Rights to present the play
Listing in all of our national press and PR
Listing on our website
Access to our unified artwork for your own marketing and advertising
Access to our press release template
Production Notes from the New York reading to help guide your presentation
Guidance on procuring scripts for cast, crew, staff, and interested parties
Resources for Voter Registration opportunities
Resources for Voter Outreach opportunities
7. What am I committing to by registering?
When you register for 12,000 Voices, you are agreeing to present a reading of “12 Angry Men Performed By 12 Impassioned Women” during the weekend of April 5-8, 2019.
8. What is a reading?
The play is not memorized; each cast member reads from their scripts. Play readings are often used to present material to an audience while limiting the amount of rehearsal needed.
9. Should there be staging? Should I use props or costumes?
This is totally up to you! The more blocking, props, and costumes you use, the more time you might want for rehearsal.
10. What if I’d like to use more than 12 people on stage? Is that ok?
Good question! The cast includes 12 jurors, plus a few other small roles. We encourage you to cast your reading as you see fit.
11. Should my reading be free, or may I sell tickets?
Every host and venue will approach this differently. You may decide not to charge an admission fee. If you do charge for tickets, you will manage ticket sales through your own website or box office.