12 Angry Men — by 12 Impassioned Women

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 2:00pm in the Byers Studio at Town Hall Theater, MCP’s Company Be and Town Hall Theater join together to present a FREE event:

12 Angry Men: A Staged Reading by 12 Impassioned Women

Part of the 12,000 Voices Project

A Play by Reginald Rose

Directed by Erica Furgiuele

Please see information HERE or scroll down for more details below.

12 Angry Men was written in 1954, 19 years before women were allowed to serve on juries in all 50 states. Over the weekend of April 5-8, 2019, play readings of Reginald Rose’s drama 12 Angry Men will be presented by impassioned women all over the country at community colleges, law schools, universities, high schools, community and regional theaters, and community centers. Join Town Hall Theater and Middlebury Community Players Company Be for an exciting reading of this classic play.

Following the staged reading, audience members, cast, and staff will have the opportunity to update their voter registration. Information will also be given about how to increase voter registration and voter turnout.

About 12 Angry Men:

The play was adapted from Reginald Rose’s 1954 teleplay of the same name for the CBS Studio One television series.The success of the made-for-television courtroom drama resulted in a film adaptation directed by Sidney Lumet. 12 Angry Men was Lumet’s first feature film, and the only producing credit for Henry Fonda (who also starred in the film). Viewed as a classic, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including “Best Director,” “Best Picture,” and “Best Screenplay.” The Broadway debut of 12 Angry Men came 50 years after CBS aired the play, opening on October 28, 2004 at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre where it ran for 328 performances and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including “Best Revival of a Play,” “Best Actor in a Play,” and “Best Direction of a Play.”

In the story, a 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case – until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Sequestered in a small room, each juror reveals their own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become Twelve Angry Men.