In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting a few months ago, stand-your-ground laws went from inhabiting a slightly obscure corner of legal arcana to becoming -- virtually overnight -- a nation-wide household topic of red-hot controversy. The notorious incident in Florida also inspired a brand-new play by St. Louisan Joel P.E. King of JPEK Creative Works. King's Stand Your Ground is a two-act drama about a District Attorney named Jean McNeal who makes it a personal crusade to get the local police department to reopen a rape involving, McNeal believes, a victim wrongfully convicted under the stand-your-ground law. The production explores complex themes of social and racial divides and the knotty rules of criminal procedure that recent headlines have mirrored. Stand Your Ground receives its national premiere tonight at 8 p.m. at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square) and runs through Sunday, August 26. Tickets are $20 to $25 and are available online at www.jpek-standyourground.eventbrite.com. For additional show information, call 951-223-5735.
Aug. 23-26, 2012