12 Angry Men

SYNOPSIS: A 19-year-old boy has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case--until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the 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 own eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry people. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it--in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats -- --add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature.

Twelve Angry Men

by SHERMAN L. SERGEL

Director - Jeffrey Sowerwine
Assistant Director - Judith Krogsgard

CAST

JURY FOREMAN - FRANK LEVY
JUROR # 2 - CHARLES VAUGHT
JUROR # 3 - KEN RICHARD
JUROR # 4 - JOSH ELDER
JUROR # 5 - ANDY VAUGHT
JUROR # 6 - LOU GAVIN
JUROR # 7 - RONNIE POGUE
JUROR # 8 - LEE JEANSONNE
JUROR # 9 - RUSSELL KROGSGARD
JUROR # 10 - KENNETH FAHERTY
JUROR # 11 - JIM BAILEY
JUROR # 12 - KEN HUDGINS
THE JUDGE - JEFF SOWERWINE
BAILIFF - STEPHEN TOSTERUD

Left to right: Josh Elder, Russell Krogsgard (seated), Lee Jeansonne, Kenneth Faherty (seated), Charles Vaught, Ken Richard, Jim Bailey (seated), Ken Hudgins (seated) and Frank Levy (seated).


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Your Opinion:

Playmakers Theater continues to revive itself by producing the successful courtroom drama "Twelve Angry Men". This brilliantly written examination of the opposing forces of logic and emotion in a hot, summer jury room displays a challenging spectrum of humanity. With one man's life hanging in the balance, 12 men struggle with the civic responsibility of determining the guilt or innocence of the accused. The play invites us into the deliberation room filled with fallible, prejudiced and unsure men capably portrayed by a strong ensemble cast.

Lee Jeansonne and Ken Richard create the core of the conflict by playing the intelligent and flexible juror with reasonable doubt versus the belligerent and frequently explosive characterization of juror #3. Other players include Kenneth Faherty as a self-poisoned bigot and frank Levy as the jury foreman determined to maintain order. Charles Vaught shares the stage with his son Andy Vaught and Josh Elder, Lou Gavin, Ronnie Pogue, Russell Krosgard, Jim Bailey and Ken Hudgins fill the remaining spectrum of white, urban males on the jury. Stephen Tosterud is the bailiff and the director, Jeff Sowerwine, provides the voice of the judge. This was a well-written, well-executed and thought-provoking play.

Submitted by John Carambat

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