WHAT: Van Horn High School presents “12 Angry Jurors,” a court drama by Reginald Rose and Sherman Sergel (1955), directed by Netty Doyle and presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Co.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday (the first performance was Thursday).
WHERE: Van Horn High School PAC, 1109 S. Arlington Ave., Independence.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $6, $4 for students grades 6-12, $2 for senior citizens.
WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT: Originally written as “Twelve Angry Men,” the play's adaptations are titled to fit the cast – sometimes all-female and sometimes mixed. The setting is a jury room in the summer in mid-1950s New York, where a dozen individuals meet to decide the fate of a 19-year-old man who just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It appears to be an open-and-shut case, until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to some facts.
“This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.”
But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes. Tempers flare, arguments grow heated and the jurors become 12 angry people. Their final verdict and how they reach it will keep audiences on the edge of their seats (from samuelfrench.com).
Jurors: Oscar Adan, Litzy Alvarez, Marisela Coronado, José Enamorado, Kennedy Marks, Gabriel Mouser, Anthony Newsom, Daniel Orozco, Gloria Ramirez, Kaliegh Reeves, Frida Sanchez, Harley West
Guard: Madduy Guinn