Twelve Angry Men
by Reginald Rose
November 2-3 & 7-11, 2007
Assistant Stage Managers
Scene Shop Assistants
Costume Studio Supervisor
Assistant Costume Designer
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Box Office Staff
Twelve Angry Men (and Women)
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
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.
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