WHS staging ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’

By on October 28, 2015
Warwick High School will present “Twelve Angry Jurors” Nov. 6-8 in the building’s Performing Arts Center. Photographed at a dress rehearsal were (left to right) Matt Hehnly, Tia Gillespie, Micah Bomberger, Liz Darrell, Micah Kuch, Johnathan Stephenson, Mackenzie Haines, Sebastian Janoski, and Chad Barthe (front). The following were missing from the photo: Jake Maloney, Ryan Dohner, Abagayle Chase, and Morgan Firestone

Warwick High School will present “Twelve Angry Jurors” Nov. 6-8 in the building’s Performing Arts Center. Photographed at a dress rehearsal were (left to right) Matt Hehnly, Tia Gillespie, Micah Bomberger, Liz Darrell, Micah Kuch, Johnathan Stephenson, Mackenzie Haines, Sebastian Janoski, and Chad Barthe (front). The following were missing from the photo: Jake Maloney, Ryan Dohner, Abagayle Chase, and Morgan Firestone

 

Warwick High School will present “Twelve Angry Men Jurors” on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Warwick Performing Arts Center, 301 W. Orange St.

Director Dean Sobon changed the title of the original version from “Twelve Angry Men” to “Twelve Angry Men Jurors” so that he could cast females in some of the roles.

It’s a drama written by Reginald Rose, initially broadcast as a television play in 1954. The following year it was adapted for the stage, and in 1957 was made into a highly successful film. In 2007, the play was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being, “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The play centers around 12 members of a jury in a murder trial who are sequestered in a hot, stifling room. They must reach a unanimous decision, one that could mean death for the accused, a frightened teenage defendant from the inner city. As one juror casts doubt on the case, conflict and prejudice threaten to destroy the judicial process.

The play explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of jurors whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict. No names are used in the film: the jury members are identified by number.

According to Sobon, he chose this play because it is considered a significant piece of literature and is still relevant today.

“It encompasses themes that are still with us today. As a director, it is a great show with a unique challenge — the action takes place in the room where the jurors are sequestered,” explained Sobon. “There is only one set for the show, and the actors are always on stage. “

The cast includes: Jake Maloney, Ryan Dohner, Morgan Firestone, Elise White, Matt Hehnly, Mackenzie Haines, Johnathan Stephenson, Tia Gillespie, Micah Bomberger, Sebastian Janoski, Micah Kuch, Chad Barthe, Abagayle Chase, and Liz Darrell.

Tickets are general admission only. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors (ages 62+), and $8 for adults. Advance ticket purchases will be available in the WHS Performing Arts Center lobby Nov. 2-5 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door, one hour prior to the performances.

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