Katie Saunders ’23
This fall, the THS Theatre Department will be performing 12 Angry Jurors, a play based on the television movie by Reginald Rose.
It was originally released in 1957, containing cast members such as Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman. Despite the time period, 12 Angry Jurors reads like an episode of Law and Order, and it is truly the “crime show” of American theater. If there are any classic black and white movie nuts out there, I highly recommend watching the movie.
The plot centers around a 19 year-old boy who is accused of murder, and the jurors who are assigned to decide his fate. At first, the verdict seems deceivingly easy, as the evidence piles up against the boy. However, the characters will soon discover that everything is not as it seems, and evidence once thought to be concrete can crumble. During the progression of the play, the jurors re-evaluate what they had previously thought to be facts about the case. As each juror displays their personal biases, opinions change and minds are opened. Every juror has different personalities and stories, ranging from a slick advertising executive to cigarette smoking mother. Every audience member will find someone to relate too. That is the beauty of this play: it could happen to any one of us at any time. Everyone can easily wonder what they would do if they found themselves in this position. The play also contains nail-biting courtroom drama. As tempers flare and the tension rises, conflict becomes inevitable, and you will be on the edge of your seat.
The cast (as seen below) is immensely excited to perform this production, as it flawlessly shows off the power dialogue can have. Because all of the characters are on stage during the entire run, 12 Angry Jurors requires lots of focus and engagement from the actors. Reactions and body language play a key part in forming a character, so every small gesture must be carefully chosen.
So on Friday, October 25th at 7:30pm, come to opening night of 12 Angry Jurors. Other shows times include Saturday, October 26th at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 27th at 2pm.