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Reading Community Players present ’12 Angry Jurors’ from March 22-24

Reading Community Players begins its 2024 season by presenting “12 Angry Jurors” from March 22-24 at the WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., Reading.

The script is an adaptation of “12 Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, except that the cast is a mix of genders. The stage version is written by Sherman L. Sergel based on Rose’s Emmy Award-winning television play from 1954.

In the play, 12 male and female jurors meet to decide the fate of a 19-year-old boy tried for stabbing his father. The jurors are from all walks of life. Their cultures and tempers clash hard with logic and duty as they decide the defendant’s guilt or innocence. The first vote is 11 for guilty and one for innocent. Can these called-upon citizens avoid being a hung jury?

The director, Kirstin Truccano, said: “I wanted to put on ’12 Angry Jurors’ because, to me, this play shows the power a person can have against a crowd and that fighting for the right thing is worth it. It also shows how one could be thinking they are fighting for the right thing but are blinded by their own views and do not realize the hurt they are causing.”

Megan Martin plays Juror No. 8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda in the 1957 film. She immediately knew she wanted the role.

“I think this play shows the good, the bad, and the ugly in our society,” Martin said. “It shows the judgmental, the indifferent, the downtrodden, the affluent, the angry and the peacemakers. It represents the different facets of our world quite well. I think it’s important to remember that fact when we get to the final act.”

Jurors played by Daniel Dempsey and Steve Reazor give their ballots to the foreman, Dave Renninger, in the Reading Community Players production of "Twelve Angry Jurors" opening March 22 at the WCR Center for the Arts. (Photo by Bill Eschbach)
Jurors played by Daniel Dempsey and Steve Reazor give their ballots to the foreman, Dave Renninger, in the Reading Community Players production of “Twelve Angry Jurors” opening March 22 at the WCR Center for the Arts. (Photo by Bill Eschbach)

A newcomer to Reading Community Players, Danny Dempsey, plays prejudiced Juror No. 10.

“In a time when everyone feels they hold a monopoly on the truth, when everyone thinks that by being the loudest they’re obviously right, ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ is an especially poignant reminder of the need to take a step back, look at the full picture, and make a judgment based on facts,” Dempsey said.

Show times are 7 p.m. March 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. March 24. Tickets are available at readingcommplayers.com, and free parking is available in the lot across the street.


Source: Berkshire mont

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