A Few Good Men comes to stage

Calgary Herald - - YOU - LOUIS B. HOBSON

In Sim­ply The­atre’s pro­duc­tion of Aaron Sorkin’s court­room drama A Few Good Men, Gil­lian Klassen is a bit like a queen bee. Her char­ac­ter, Lt.-Cmdr. Joanne Gal­loway, is the only fe­male with 16 male co-stars.

Sorkin wrote this award-win­ning play in 1989 when he was work­ing as a bar­tender in a Broad­way the­atre. Three years later, he would turn it into a film and re­ceive an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for best-adapted screen­play.

The film’s star-stud­ded cast in­cluded Jack Ni­chol­son, Tom Cruise, Kevin Ba­con and Kiefer Suther­land with Demi Moore as Gal­loway. Sim­ply The­atre’s male cast in­cludes Bryan Smith, Greg Spiel­man, Stu­art Bent­ley, Michael Brown, Greg Miller, Lu­cas Seeger and Is­siah Sanghera.

“The film re­ceived so much at­ten­tion most peo­ple don’t re­al­ize it was orig­i­nally a play and that it is so very well writ­ten. It is filled with clever in­tri­ca­cies. There are some great mo­ments in the play that never made it into the movie,” says Klassen, who plays a naval lawyer as­signed to de­fend two marines ac­cused of mur­der­ing a

fel­low marine.

Klassen says she loves Joanne’s con­vic­tion and her pas­sion: “She’s a woman in a male-dom­i­nated so­ci­ety and the sys­tem is against her.”

Klassen says she suf­fers none of the same prej­u­dices or pres­sures in her own life. “I may be the only fe­male on stage but I am any­thing but the only fe­male in the room at re­hearsals.

“The crew mem­bers work­ing on this pro­duc­tion are mostly women.

“It doesn’t feel like a boys’ club ei­ther be­cause every­one from cast to crew to di­rec­tors are all ded­i­cated to telling this pow­er­ful story and it hap­pens to be a story we’re all pas­sion­ate about.

“As far as women’s rights, the play is more rel­e­vant than it should be be­cause of what’s hap­pen­ing in the United States at the mo­ment.”

Bryan Smith, left, as Daniel Kaf­fee, Michael Brown as Sam Weinberg and Gil­lian Klassen as Joanne Gal­loway star in Sim­ply The­atre’s A Few Good Men.

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