Highlands Little Theatre will present “12 Angry Men” onstage at the Thakkar Pavilion on Feb. 16 to 25. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m.
“12 Angry Men” is a very intense courtroom drama written by Reginald Rose. A 19 year-old young man has been on trial for fatally stabbing his father. It looks like an open-and-shut-case, but the jurors don’t all agree. A verdict of guilty will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence.
One of the jurors steadfastly disagrees that the man is guilty and works at opening the eyes of the others to the facts of the case. What will the juror’s final verdict be? How will everyone react to the outcome?
You’ll need to see for yourself. The cast of jurors is filled with HLT veterans. They will keep you on the edge of your seat with their electrifying performance. Please note this play may not appeal to those under 13 years old, as the material is of a mature nature.
“The men are all angry and there is confrontation with different personalities. I chose the show because it is one of my favorites because of the intensity. I wanted to bring this passion and intensity alive on stage,” said director Jillian Febres.
The talented cast includes Kevin Hacker (foreman), Bill Farmer (Juror No. 2), Darin MacNeill (Juror No. 3), Todd Coleman (Juror No. 4), AJ Brand (Juror No. 5), Armando Concepcion (Juror No. 6), Mike Laframboise (Juror No. 7), Daniel McFee (Juror No. 8), Art Harriman (Juror No. 9), Clell Ford (Juror No. 10), Allan Grosman (Juror No. 11), Bill Rulli (Juror No. 12), J.D. Baird (Guard) and Ken Hall (Judge).
“I am excited to be directing my first show at HLT,” said Febres. “This play is very personal to me because my father and I watched the movie version with Hendry Fonda. I wish he was here to see putting this play on stage, but I know he is smiling and happy for me.”
If you’ve seen it before, chances are you will see something different this time. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll be enthralled by the progression of the story. “This show is a snap shot of a growing and changing society,” said McFee (Juror No. 8). “I am honored to be able to play a role in this show.”
“I am used to doing musicals and am enjoying the challenge of the show and very talented cast and crew,” said MacNeill (Juror No. 3).
“‘12 Angry Men’ is a play which explores the complexity pf the human condition,” said Coleman (Juror No. 4). “Each character is drawn to consider what truth is, what fiction is, where their perspective may be and how society’s emphasis on personal interest can stand in the way of impartial judgement.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.highlandslittletheatre.org or you can call the box office at 863-382-2525.