The Twelve Angry Jurors cast their votes.


Life and Death Stakes in Twelve Angry Jurors

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Thursday January 09, 2014

“This is a remarkable thing about democracy. . . . That we are notified by mail to come down to this place – and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before.  We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. . . .  We should not make it a personal thing.”  — Reginald Rose

Despite the urging of Juror 11, jury deliberation in the intense drama Twelve Angry Jurors is intensely personal.  Twelve people who have never met before must attempt to reach a unanimous verdict in this January 10 and 11 production of Reginald Rose’s classic ensemble piece by Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, in association with The First Light Theatre Project.

Go inside the jury room and experience firsthand the meeting of twelve very different personalities thrust together to pass judgment on a teenager accused of murder. As prejudices are tested and evidence weighed, the jurors are forced to look not just at the evidence, but at themselves. Each must decide whether the prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, but they struggle with their own preconceptions as well as those of the other jurors.  

Set in the 1950s, this compelling story continues to resonate with today’s audiences.“I was honored to work with these fine young actors,” said Director David Bailey.  “To see them grapple with their characters‘ individual prejudices, weaknesses and emotions while deciding the fate of an 18-year-old boy was a learning experience for me.”

The play features 13 accomplished and skilled young actors. The First Light Theatre Project was founded in 2006 to provide a professional environment for young people to receive training and experience as theatre artists, directors, designers and technicians. 

Tickets are available at Tuttle Middle School or at the door prior to performances. Tickets can also be purchased online.

The play will be performed January 10 and 11 at the South Burlington High School auditorium, with evening performances at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.  

For more information: firstlighttheatrevt.com, dbailey@sbschools.net, 652-7117.