poster

 

The University Theatre presents

Twelve Angry Men

by Reginald Rose

Director
John Friedenberg


Scenic Designer
Rob Eastman-Mullins

Costume Designer
Mary Wayne-Thomas


Lighting Designer
Amber Chapel*

Sound Designer
Stowe Nelson*


Stage Manager
Wes Calkin*


November 2-3 & 7-11, 2007


 
CAST


FOREMAN

Mike Pizzalato

JUROR 2
Sarah Sparks

JUROR 3
Drew Haverly

JUROR 4
Ryan Class

JUROR 5
Ae’Jay Mitchell

JUROR 6
Brittni Shambaugh*

JUROR 7
Chris D’Auria*

JUROR 8
Jenny Malarkey*

JUROR 9
Allie Gervasio*

JUROR 10
Lizzy Thomas

JUROR 11
Mike Discepolo*

JUROR 12
Dan Applegate*

GUARD
Riley Peterson

VOICE OF THE JUDGE
Jacqlyn Phillips


* member of the Anthony Aston Players


SETTING
The jury-room of a New York Court of Law, 1957.
A very hot summer afternoon.

 

set

full stage

Jenny

Lizzy

 


Mike

Drew

Sara Sparks

knife

Ae"Jay

jury room

PRODUCTION STAFF

Technical Director
Trevor Anderson

Assistant Stage Managers
Ashley Beach, Abby Suggs*

Prop Master
Tiffany Waddell, Rebecca Cannon*

Master Electrician
J.C. Bobbitt*

Electrician
Wes Calkin*

Welder
Drew Grindrod*, Nathan Musgrove*

Scenic Artist
Sissie Strope*

Draftsman
Stowe Nelson*

Scene Shop Assistants
Amber Chapel*, Allie Gervasio*, Charlie McColough, Stowe Nelson*, Liz Shumate*

Costume Studio Supervisor
Lisa Weller

Assistant Costume Designer
Caroline Dignes

Costume Assistants
Alyssa Alexander, Caroline Dignes, Ainsley Johnston, Elyse McNamara, Connie Miller, Stephany Rayburn*,
Elizabeth Skinner

Hair Stylist
Gaby Ortiz*

Light Board Operator
Mariah Baxter

Sound Board Operator
Caroline Tanzy

Poster Design
Creative Communications, WFU School of Medicine

Photography
Bill Ray III, Jonathan Christman, Leslie Spencer

Box Office Staff
Sara Elaine Armstrong, Rebecca Cannon*,
Stephanie Glagola*, Elizabeth Hartley,
Daniel Mullins, Sarah Jean Sparks,
Susan Walters, Michael Whatley

House Manager
Bethany Novak


SPECIAL THANKS
Dean M. Shore, University Barber Shop
Coliseum Eye Associates
North Carolina School of the Arts prop shop

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

Twelve Angry Men (and Women)


Every play I work on I learn things – about the times, the place, the people, and about myself. This play is no different.

Set 50 years ago in 1957, it captures a moment as in a snapshot. Like a snapshot, we see the unvarnished, unposed, reality of the moment, with shortcomings, flaws, and awkwardness revealed.

On stage, this moment is played out, in ‘real’ time, with ‘real’ emotions, with ‘real’ intensity, by ‘real’ people. The Aristotelian unities are used to great effect. The audience, like the characters, has no respite; the action drives us forward until something gives.

In this unwavering forward movement, the social niceties, the polite fictions that ease the friction of human interaction, give
way. They have no place in the crucible of the jury room. The characters reveal themselves. They appear not as they wish to be seen, but as they are. In this way, we too are made more aware of the artifice we present as a defense and guard against the world.

I hope in watching this production, we can start to consider what lies beneath when the surface is stripped away. In the play, some of the characters begin to do this; others do not. As in life, their experiences, their identities, affect what they can see, what they can hear. They have to make an effort to be open to the /other/, in order to really succeed. That is a scary thing and requires a vulnerability that not everyone is willing, or able to embrace. Finally, we are each left to decide for ourselves whether the effort is worthwhile.

In watching this action unfold, I hope we will begin to understand this potentiality and to entertain its possibility in our world.

Dan

pacing

full stage

Allie


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