The 1957 movie, “Twelve Angry Men,” will soon be readapted to fit a more diverse cast in Laramie County Community College’s theatre department’s production of “Twelve Angry Jurors.”
The story takes place after the trial of a 19-year-old man accused of the fatal stabbing of his father, said Brielle Bristol, the stage manager of the play.
“He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room.
It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts
“This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and judge the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or women we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.”
But it does get personal, and the characters reveal themselves as the jurors deliberate between themselves.
This version has three people of color and one German exchange student, and nine of the jurors are women. The 1957 movie featured 12 white men, hence the original name.
“Perhaps it wasn’t often that 1950s juries had women or people of color—this play occurs on the day(s) they do,” Bristol said. “The cast doesn’t resemble the cast of the movie in either cast. In this way, the audience has a chance to see democracy is two different, yet equivalent ways.”
The stage setting is similar to a typical jury room, including six flats, two with doors and a wall off backstage. The stage will also include a bathroom upstage right, a working sink upstage left, and a long custom table will be the centerpiece that will run down the center of the stage.
The play runs Nov. 7-9 and 14-16 at the Playhouse on the LCCC campus. It starts at 7:30 p.m. on all days. Tickets are free for LCCC students and $15 for everyone else. For tickets, call (307) 432-1626 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.