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Proposed format: Inspired from the play by Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men. This highly acclaimed stage play attempts to depict the reality of the American legal/jury system. It is presented as an Audience Mediated Play where the audience become the directors and mediates who play their favourite roles from the play Twelve Angry Men. This is a first time attempt where actors prepare themselves for all characters in the play and audience choose the role for the actors as they enter the auditorium. This play is highly motivating that explores the unknown strength of the actors that truly validates a stage actor’s profess.

Synopsis : The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

Storyline : "12 Angry Men" focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only one Juror casts a not guilty vote. At first his vote more so for the sake of discussion after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors' complex personalities (which range from wise, bright and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. Fascinatingly, as they examine the testimony and facts of the case, the experiences, personalities, limitations, and biases of the jurors weave in and out of the deliberation process, at times to its benefit and at times to its detriment.Nevertheless, his insistence on a brief examination of the case seems to rub many on the jury the wrong way, as they continue to see the matter as open and shut. That provides the backdrop to his attempts in convincing the other jurors that a "not guilty" verdict might be appropriate.

Watching how this matter is resolved is a riveting study in the nature, and ultimate beauty, of the trial by jury process. One by one the jurors change their minds and decide the boy is not guilty. Juror number 3, the man at odds with his teenaged son, is the last one to change his mind. The jurors, at last, are able to vote unanimously for acquittal.

Performance Details

6th 7th & 8th December 2012

Arts House Play Den

Tickets $22.00 Available from Avant Ticketing Hotline 9380 3780

 
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