UST-CSC Theater Department presents ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ Nov. 12-15
The joint Theater Department of the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine will present "Twelve Angry Jurors," an adaptation by Sherman Sergel of Reginald Rose’s suspenseful courtroom drama confronting issues of life and death.
Performances, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 15, will be given in Foley Theater on the St. Thomas campus, 2115 Summit Ave.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students, faculty and staff with ID from the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Augsburg College, Macalester College and Hamline University). Seating is limited; for reservations call (651) 690-6700 or reserve tickets at the UST Box Office in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
Rose’s drama premiered as "Twelve Angry Men" in 1954 in CBS Television’s groundbreaking "Studio One" series. Two years later, after viewing a taped version of the broadcast for the first time, Henry Fonda approached Rose and asked if the show’s creator would be able to adapt the original teleplay and expand it to a feature-length film. The result was a 1957 production directed by Sidney Lumet and co-produced by Fonda and Rose. The Lumet film, starring Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and Ed Begley, went on to receive Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Since then, Lumet’s filmed version has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the best 100 American films of the last 100 years.
In 1960 — four years after the original broadcast — playwright Sherman L. Sergel adapted Reginald Rose’s teleplay for the stage. The three-act version had its world premiere at the Buck’s County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa. The stage version received overwhelming critical acclaim. Since then, the play has been produced, on average, more than 50 times a year in North America by various professional and amateur theater groups.
In 1997, the HBO cable television network presented a modern version of the teleplay with Jack Lemmon in the Henry Fonda role and George C. Scott in Cobb’s. The 1997 film received a strong response, including multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild and Director’s Guild Of America award nominations.
"Twelve Angry Jurors" reveals, behind the scenes, a jury’s deliberations as the 19-year-old son of an abusive old man is on trial for his murder. On the hottest day of the year, the 12 jurors begin their deliberations with 11 in favor of conviction. But one man, Juror 8, holds his ground, trying to convince the others of “reasonable doubt.” Alliances are drawn, tempers flare and all reveal who they are and what they believe in while a man’s life hangs in the balance.
Among the cast members are: St. Thomas students Patrick Knoll, Matt Grigas, Peter Heeringa, Lake Lidstrom, Joe Marcy, Paul Monson, Melissa Hoppe and Julie Ann Williams, and St. Catherine students Brett Blonigen, Amie Kolesar, Julianne Nylander and Rebecca Russell. A high school student taking classes at St. Thomas, Kristin Hammargren, also is a cast member. JoAnn Holonbek of the Theater Department faculty directs.
For more information, call the UST-CSC Theater Department at (651) 690-6680.