The St. Francis Theatre Collabortive performs Reginald Rose's classic drama, Twelve Angry Jurors this Friday and Saturday at 7 PM. Remaining dates are May 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 and $12 and can be purchased by calling 360-7025 or by logging on to www.brownpapertickets.com. All performances are held at 4625 E. River Road (northwest corner of River and Swan).
This American classic is as compelling and relevant today as when it appeared as Twelve Angry Men for the CBS program, Studio One, in 1954. The drama's success garnered 3 Emmy Awards and inspired a film presentation by the same title several years later that was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. In 2005, a restaging of this work won the Drama Desk Award as well as a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The current version is directed by Robert Encila.
This rendition of Twelve Angry Jurors takes place in a 1995 New York City courtroom where a diverse group of 12 men and women is empanelled to hear the case of an inner-city teenager accused of murder. The drama turns on not only the "facts" of the case but also on the interplay of the personal history, biases and ideals that each juror brings to the deliberation process. This riveting production is more than a commentary on the foundations of the American legal system; it is a powerful examination of the role of truth and justice in our society and ultimately a story about the potential of our individual power - if we have the courage to take a stand for our principles.
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