Pasadena Playhouse Announces Black and White Casting for Twelve Angry Men
Director Sheldon Epps plans to draw out the racial tensions in Reginald Rose's iconic play.
Pasadena Playhouse has announced casting for its upcoming production of Reginald Rose's classic drama Twelve Angry Men. The production is scheduled to run from November 5-December 1, with an official opening, as well as the 7th Annual Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity fundraising event, set for November 10.
Twelve Angry Men dramatizes a jury's deliberations during a homicide trial in which a young man is accused of killing his father. The cast, comprising black and white actors, features Clinton Derricks-Carroll (HBO's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) as Juror Eleven; Jason George (Grey's Anatomy) as Juror Eight; Scott Lowell (Queer as Folk) as Juror One; Gregory North (The Secret Garden) as Juror Three; Barry Pearl (Baby It's You!) as Juror Seven; Robert Picardo (Gemini) as Juror Four; Adam J. Smith (Intimate Apparel) as Juror Twelve; Jacques C. Smith (Oz) as Juror Five; Bradford Tatum (The Stoned Age) as Juror Ten; Adolphus Ward (Driving Miss Daisy) as Juror Nine; Ellis Williams (The Hughleys) as Juror Six; and Jeff Williams (Birdland) as Juror Two.
"I am tremendously excited about beginning the journey of discovery on this all-too-timely and still contemporary play with this gifted cast of actors, many of them returning to our theater. I hope that our production will incite conversations about racial issues, perception, and discrimination that are at the center of this work," said Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps, who helms the production. "This diverse and strongly distinctive cast will find those resonances in the play and bring them to our stage in order to instigate that conversation."