12 Angry Men

Dinner Theatre

12 Angry MenBy Reginald Rose

Directed by Maureen Style

Six performances across two weekends; November 1-3, and 8-10 at a NEW Venue – Crow River Winery!
Doors open at 5:30 Dinner is served at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00pm

Tickets are $35.00 and includes dinner. Tickets are non-refundable.

MENU

Savory Chicken Breast

Cranberry Wild Rice

Francias Blend Vegetables

Caesar Salad

Assorted Breads and Rolls

Decadent Layer Tiger Cake

Coffee/Water/Punch

12 Angry Men cast caricature

12 Angry Men cast caricature by Bill Haas

About the Play:

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father.  “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 decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her 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 12 angry men. The jurors’ final verdict and how they reach it-in tense scenes that will electrify the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats-add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature.

In 2007, 12 Angry Men was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.

Cast:

Foreman…. Brian Wilson

2nd Juror…. Sam Rydberg

3rd Juror…. Allen Reed

4th Juror…. Mark Santelman

5th Juror…. Andrew Miner

6th Juror…. Tom Nelson

7th Juror…. John Beck

8th Juror…. Bill Haas

9th Juror…. Malon Wareing

10th Juror…. Joe Ruskamp

11th Juror…. Mike Martin

12th Juror …. Brian Stark

Guard…. Mark Lewandowski

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Lauer

Character List:

Foreman–The foreman is responsible for keeping the jury organized, which is his main focus in the play.  He is an assistant football coach outside of the jury room.

Juror #2–A shy bank clerk who takes time to feel comfortable enough to participate in the discussion.  He is the most timid of the group and easily persuaded by the opinions of others and has difficulty explaining the roots of his opinions.

Juror #3–He is a small business owner.  He proudly says that he started his business from scratch and now employs thirty-four workers.  We learn early on that he has a bad relationship with his own son, with whom he is no longer speaking. In many ways, he is the antagonist to the constantly calm Juror #8.  He is immediately vocal about the supposed simplicity of the case, and the obvious guilt of the defendant.  He is quick to lose his temper, and often infuriated when Juror #8 and other members disagree with his opinions.

Juror #4–He is a stock broker.  He wears glasses and seems to handle himself with a very serious air.  He deals with the facts of the case logically and concretely.  He urges fellow jurors to avoid emotional arguments and engage in rational discussion.

Juror #5–He works in a Harlem hospital and says that he himself has lived in the slums his entire life.  This gives him insight into such details as knife fights and the use of a switchblade.  He is nervous about expressing his opinion, especially in front of the elder members of the group.

Juror #6–A house painter, he is happy that the case continues as it means he doesn’t have to work, but is hesitant to put a potential killer back on the streets.   He would be described as an “honest but dull-witted man, slow to see the good in others”.

Juror #7–His main concern in the case is whether or not it will end before his ball game, for which he has tickets.  He sells marmalade and is generally indifferent to the case.  He wants the deliberations to be over.  A slick and sometimes obnoxious salesman, he represents the many real-life individuals who loath the idea of being on a jury.

Juror #8–He is the only juror who votes “not guilty” at the first vote.  He is discontented with the way the trial was handled and wants them to discuss the evidence in greater detail.  Met with much opposition, he continues to advocate for the boy.  We learn that he is an architect by trade and described as a thoughtful and gentle man.  He is devoted to justice.

Juror #9–He is an old man.  He respects Juror #8’s passion and sense of justice and quickly comes to his aid and becomes an advocate for the defendant.  He is described in the stage notes as a “mild, gentle old man, defeated by life and waits to die”.

Juror #10–He is one of the most fervent attackers of the defendant.  Tactless and fairly bigoted, he condemns the defendant as “one of them” right from the start.  He is the most abhorrent member of the group and is openly bitter and prejudiced.

Juror #11– An immigrant watchmaker, he is very patriotic and talks about how much he loves the American justice system.,  As a refugee from Europe, he has witnessed great injustices.  That is why he is intent on administering justice as a jury member.

Juror #12–He works for a marketing agency, to which job he refer to often.  He seems constantly distracted from the case and is very arrogant and impatient.  He is anxious for the trail to be over so that he can get back to his career and social life.

Guard/Bailiff