Twelve Angry Jurors unfolds in a New York City courtroom on a sweltering August evening as a jury files into a deliberation room. They are tasked with determining the verdict in a murder case in which a young man is accused of killing his father. He faces the death penalty if found guilty. These 12 nameless jurors find themselves in the role of potential executioner- but first they must face themselves, their biases and their own sense of justice. What starts as an open-and-shut case, soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama as each juror begins to question how he or she should cast their vote. How can the young man not be convicted of such a heinous crime when all of the evidence was originally pointed directly at him? As the reasonable-doubt arguments slowly undermine the guilty verdict, each man’s true nature is unmasked.
This powerful and engaging production will be performed by Merritt Island High School’s Theatre Arts Department, November 21st and 22nd at 7 PM and November 23rd at 2 PM.
First created as a 1954 teleplay for the Studio One anthology television series, Twelve Angry Men was aired as a CBS live production on September 20, 1954. The following year, it was adapted by the writer as a stage play. In 1957, it was rewritten again as a feature film and directed by Sidney Lumet (starring Henry Fonda), and in 1997, Twelve Angry Men returned to the small screen in a new adaptation directed by William Friedkin, which included modernizations to the script and a cast led by George C. Scott and James Gandolfini.
Twelve Angry Men is the gripping examination of twelve jurors as they deliberate after hearing the arguments in a seemingly open-and-shut case. As preconceptions are tested and evidence weighed, the entire jury is forced to look past the show of the courtroom to unearth the shocking truth. Faced with playing the hangmen, these dozen jurors must first face themselves.
Director, Mrs. Duprey, has opted for the modernized version of 12 Angry Men and has included 3 females into the cast, thus making it 12 Angry Jurors. Also, the young man standing accused of a crime is never referred to as a certain race, decent, or from a certain religious background, thus leaving it to the audience to make up their own mind of who the accused is. “We all have our own ideas of who is the “guilty” one and as the actors are unraveling their own prejudices or emotional backgrounds, the audience can decide for themselves if the young man is guilty or innocent of killing his father.” Duprey wants the audience to walk out of theater pondering what they would do if they were on this panel of jurors. Please be advised this show is rated PG-13 for its’ content and language, but this piece of theatre is vital for high school students to read, understand, and perform, as they someday soon could be faced with the task of being a juror. The actors and audience will explore the intersection of human nature and democracy as they present or watch this powerful show.
For more information and a blog updates of what is going on with our cast please visit our website at www.MIHStheatrearts.com
November 21st – 7 PM
November 22nd– 7 PM
November 23rd– 2 PM
Tickets are $8.00 for all and can be bought at the door.
Merritt Island High School
100 East Mustang Way,
M.I, FL 32953