ACT II, Inc. and Cross Timbers unite to produce “Twelve Angry Jurors” April 28-30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. in East Central University’s Dorothy I. Summers Theatre. This play was adapted by Sherman L. Sergel from the teleplay “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose.
The drama is directed by Kevin Worden.
The cast includes Christina Kushnick, Marlin Krause, Emily Taylor, Rick Sanders, Barbara Tiry, Joe Mohr, Ian Rutledge, Sam Baker, Alan Marshall, Shawn Martin, Frank Taylor, Sunnie Dawn Smith and Aubrey Lee.
“Twelve Angry Jurors” is the examination of a diverse group of 12 jurors.
They are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the ‘facts’ in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case.
The jury has the power to send an uneducated, teenaged Puerto Rican, tenement-dwelling boy to the electric chair for killing his father with a switchblade.
The 12 men and women are literally locked into a small, claustrophobic rec-tangular jury room on a stifling hot summer day until they come up with a unanimous decision — either guilty or not guilty.
The play examines the jurors’ deep-seated personal prejudices, perceptual biases and weaknesses, indifference, anger, personalities, unreliable judgments, cultural differences, ignorance and fears.
All these threaten to taint their decision-making abilities and cause them to ignore the real issues in the case which potentially lead them to a miscarriage of justice.
Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain time. Prices are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students with valid ID, and $4 for children 5 and under. For more information, phone 580-272-7234.