Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Jurors
Adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel
February 22-25, 2018
Director – Vivian Cook
Design Mentor – Sarah Bennett
Technical Director – Mat Wymore
Stage Manager – Ben Siegel
Costume Designer – Quinn Harbison
Set Designer – Travis Cooper
Props Designers – Julia Divine, Jack Wanamaker
Foreman – Zander Reed
Juror Number 2 – Travis Cooper
Juror Number 3 – Josh Gartin
Juror Number 4 – Lauryn Berger
Juror Number 5 – Gwendolyn Stewart
Juror Number 6 – Madison DeLashmutt
Juror Number 7 – James VanDyk
Juror Number 8 – Libby Gens
Juror Number 9 – Anika Slowing
Juror Number 10 – Ben Teske
Juror Number 11 – Naomi White
Juror Number 12 – Gerrit VanDyk
Guard – Julia Divine
Clerk – Jack Wanamaker
After observing a six-day homicide trial, twelve jurors find themselves in a jury room. Their task is to make the unanimous decision that the 19 year-old defendant is guilty or not guilty. When the foreman takes the first vote, everyone votes guilty, except for one lone juror. What follows is a debate over the meaning of “reasonable doubt” as each juror confronts his/her own biases and prejudice. They must determine the danger that this boy might present to society if he is indeed guilty. But they must also question what their own guilt will be if they convict someone who is innocent.
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CHARACTERS (all can be male or female)
He is a small, petty man who is impressed with the authority he has and handles himself quite formally. He is not overly bright, but dogged.
Juror No. Two:
She is a meek, hesitant woman who finds it difficult to maintain any opinions of her own. She is easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom she has spoken.
Juror No. Three:
He is a very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated man within whom can be detected a streak of sadism. Also, he is a humorless man who is intolerant of opinions other than his own, and accustomed to forcing his wishes and views upon others.
Juror No. Four:
She seems to be a woman of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents herself well at all times. She seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. Her only concern is with the facts in this case and she is appalled with the behavior of the others.
Juror No. Five:
He is a naive, very frightened young man who takes his obligations in this case very seriously but who finds it difficult to speak up when his elders have the floor.
Juror No. Six:
She is an honest but dull-witted woman who comes upon her decisions slowly and carefully. She is a woman who finds it difficult to create positive opinions, but who must listen to and digest and accept those opinions offered by others which appeal to her most.
Juror No. Seven:
She is a loud, flashy, glad-handed woman who works in a department store and has more important things to do than to sit on a jury. She is quick to show temper and equally quick to form opinions on things about which she knows nothing. She is a bully, and, of course, a coward.
Juror No. Eight:
He is a quiet, thoughtful, gentle man— a man who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. He is a man of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, he is a man who wants justice to be done, and will fight to see that it is.
Juror No. Nine:
He is a mild, gentle old man, long since defeated by life, and now merely waiting to die. He recognizes himself for what he is, and mourns the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without shielding himself behind his many years.
Juror No. Ten:
He is an angry, bitter man—a man who antagonizes almost at sight. He is also a bigot who places no values on any human life save his own. Here is a man who has been nowhere and is going nowhere and knows it deep within him.
Juror No. Eleven:
She is a refugee from Europe who came to this country in 1941. She speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the people around her. She will honestly seek justice because she has suffered through so much injustice.
Juror No. Twelve:
He is a slick, bright advertising man who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls, and has no real understanding of people. He is a superficial snob, but trying to be a good fellow.
She can be a policewoman of any age.