Play ‘12 An­gry Jurors’ has stay­ing power

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Fol­low @IMarten­sHer­ald on Twit­ter Ian Martens imartens@leth­bridge­herald.com

Hold­ing the fate of a young man ac­cused of mur­der, Ha­trix Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of “12 An­gry Jurors” aims to show the au­di­ence that giv­ing the ben­e­fit of the doubt is as im­por­tant to­day as it was when the play was writ­ten over 60 years ago.

Based on Regi­nald Rose’s orig­i­nal play, “12 An­gry Men” was first per­formed on tele­vi­sion in the 1950s. For di­rec­tor Karolyn Harker, the re­vised script of “12 An­gry Jurors” shows that some of the is­sues that faced so­ci­ety then are not much dif­fer­ent to­day.

The plot fol­lows a jury charged with reach­ing a ver­dict as they wres­tle among them­selves with their own cir­cum­stances and prej­u­dices in the case of a young man ac­cused of stab­bing his fa­ther to death.

“It’s re­ally rel­e­vant to­day,” said Harker as she ex­plained how the cast of jurors strug­gles with the young man’s up­bring­ing in a poor home and bad back­ground, some re­lat­ing more than oth­ers.

Per­spec­tives be­gin to change as the jury is forced to re­ally ex­am­ine the ev­i­dence.

“Do we judge a book by its cover?” said Harker of what the theme of “12 An­gry Jurors” asks. “Do we judge by what we feel or what the ev­i­dence shows us?”

The di­rec­tor says she hopes the au­di­ence takes away a re­al­iza­tion of the con­sis­ten­cies in the na­ture of so­ci­ety.

“That the things that are rel­e­vant in 1954 are still the things that we’re quar­relling and fight­ing and ar­gu­ing about to­day. Things are pretty much the same.”

The play runs nightly at 7:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day through Satur­day, along with a mati­nee per­for­mance Satur­day at 2 p.m., at the NordBridge Se­niors Cen­tre.

Tick­ets are $20 at the door or $15 in ad­vance, avail­able at Blue­print En­ter­tain­ment, 519 4 Ave. S.

@IMarten­sHer­ald Her­ald photo by Ian Martens

Car­rie Ann Wor­den and Allen Gib­son, along with other cast mem­bers, run through a scene from the Ha­trix Theatre pro­duc­tion of “12 An­gry Jurors,” set for Wed­nes­day to Satur­day at the Nord-Bridge Se­niors Cen­tre.

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