Community theater to stage jury drama

Wednesday, October 10, 2001
The cast of Marshall Community Theatre's "12 Angry Men" rehearses a scene.

The Marshall Community Theatre will present the play "Twelve Angry Men" in a series of dinner theater performances Thursday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 13, and a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Marshall Habilitation Center Spainhower Building.

In the play, adapted from the Sherman L. Sergel television program by Reginald Rose, a young man stands accused of fatally stabbing his father. To decide his fate, the justice system has established a jury of his "peers:" 12 men and women from all walks of life, each with his own agenda, fears and personal demons.

From the evidence presented in the trial, it looks as if it is an open-and-shut case, but things aren't always what they seem. As the evidence is painstakingly scrutinized, tensions mount and tempers rise. The 12 jurors are forced to confront their secret frailties and bitter prejudices as the struggle for the truth stretches beyond the trial itself.

Updated for modern times, the jury now consists of only four angry men, accompanied by eight equally angry women. Gwen Banks will appear as the jury foreman with the remaining jurors played by Pat Hammer, Andrew D. Wells, PeeWee Robbins, Renee Powell, Ralph Walker, Jeanne Simonton, Vince Lutterbie, Della Newman, Pam Deutsch, Niki Surber and Penny King. Loyd French will play the guard and Holly King provides the voice of the judge.

In addition to appearing onstage, Penny King will also direct the production. Angie Wells will serve as the assistant director. French is the production's lighting designer, with David Bentley serving as the set designer. Holly King is the lighting assistant.

The 7:30 p.m. evening performances will be preceded by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner theater may be purchased at Odell Veterinary Clinic or Gwen's Beauty Connection for $13. Dinner performance tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours prior to the show date.

The matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Play-only tickets for the nightly performances or the matinee are $6 and can be purchased at the door.

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