The city is Chicago. The setting is a jury room. A young man is
on trial for the murder of his own father. Twelve strangers are
locked in a room. They hold the young man's fate in their hands. In
Twelve Angry Jurors, what begins as an "open and shut" case of murder
soon becomes a contest between our natural emotional response to crime,
and the dire effect these emotions can have in our criminal justice system.
Boston based performance troupe Counter-Productions Theatre Company
kicks off its third season with a play that A. H. Weiler of The New York Times
once described as an "absorbing and compelling drama that reaches
far beyond the close confines of its jury room setting." Originally
written for television by Reginald Rose as Twelve Angry Men, it was
later made into an Oscar nominated film featuring the legendary
Henry Fonda. Finally adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel,
this gender-mixed version is a stirring exploration of the way our own
fears can affect our sometimes flawed justice system. One only needs
to read the newspaper to see that in this age of fear, this play is as relevant
today as it was fifty years ago.
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