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Tonganoxie High to stage ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ for final night tonight

October 3, 2015

Tonganoxie High School is staging "Twelve Angry Jurors" for a final time tonight.

The play first was staged Friday at THS and again will be staged at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.

Cast members are Nathan Bothwell, Jacob Brents, Emma DeMaranville, Cameron Folsom, Josh Lingo, Philip Rutherford, Braden Shryock, Ian Slater, Allison Williams, Natalie Wolf and Hunter York.

Based on the Emmy-winning television movie by Reginald Rose and adapted by Sherman Sergal, the play unfolds in a New York City courtroom on a sweltering August afternoon as a jury files into a deliberation room. Jurors are tasked with determining the verdict in a murder case in which a young man is accused of killing his father. The young man faces the death penalty if found guilty. The dozen nameless individuals find themselves in the role of potential executioner, but first they must face themselves, their biases and their own sense of justice. What starts as an open-and-shut case soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama as each juror begins to question how to cast their vote.

First created as a 1954 teleplay for the Studio One anthology television series, "Twelve Angry Men" aired as a CBS live production on Sept. 20, 1954. The following year, Rose adapted the show as a stage play. In 1957 it was rewritten again as a feature directed by Sidney Lumet. Starring Henry Fonda, the film received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Over the years, the play has received several noted revivals including a 2004 Broadway production starring Boyd Gaines and Philip Bosco and a 2007 U.S. national tour starring George Wendt and Richard Thomas. And in 1997, "Twelve Angry Men" returned to the small screen in a new adaptation directed by William Friedkin, which included some modernizations to the script and a cast led by George C. Scott and James Gandolfini.


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