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Kathleen Chalfant, Ann Harada, and Ana Villafañe Join Twelve Angry Men Reading

The all-female cast will also feature Jenn Colella, Chilina Kennedy, Ariana DeBose, and more.

Ana Villafañe joins the all-female cast of Twelve Angry Men.
(© David Gordon)

Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), and Ana Villafañe (Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties) will join the all-female ensemble for the previously announced upcoming staged reading of Twelve Angry Men. Set for September 16 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre, Tony Award winner Cady Huffman will direct, and Lauren Class Schneider will produce.

The cast will also feature Geneva Carr (Bull), Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Tony winner Cady Huffman (Chicago), and Broadway vets Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City), Amber Iman (Hamilton tour), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Jill Paice (An American in Paris), and Dale Soules (Orange Is the New Black). All performers are subject to change.

Karen Azenberg, Pam Berlin, Sammi Cannold, Mary B. Robinson, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett serve as artistic advisers for the reading. Following the performance, audience members, cast, and staff will have the opportunity to update their voter registration in anticipation of the November 6 midterm elections. Information will also be given about how to increase voter registration and voter turnout.

Adapted from Reginald Rose's 1954 teleplay of the same name for the CBS Studio One television series, Twelve Angry Men then become a film directed by Sidney Lumet. In the story, a 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case - until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. Sequestered in a small room, each juror reveals their own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted, and a new murder threat is born before their eyes.