Twelve Angry Jurors Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and Based on the Emmy Award-Winning Television Movie by Reginald Rose
Synopsis: 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 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." But personal it is, 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 jurors.
Breakdown: Adult actresses, ages 18 to 65 only, no minors
Juror #1 - Responsible for keeping the jury organized, which is her main focus in the play. She 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.
Juror #3 - A small business owner. She proudly says that he started her business from scratch and now employs thirty-four workers. We learn early on that she has a bad relationship with her own son, with whom she is no longer speaking. We are led to believe that this is a contributing factor to her prejudice against the defendant, accused of stabbing his own father. 3rd Juror is the last to be convinced and only changes her mind once she realizes that she is only projecting his feelings about her own son onto the defendant.
Juror #4 - A stock broker. She wears glasses and seems to handle herself with a very serious air. She deals with the facts of the case logically and concretely.
Juror #5 - Works in a Harlem hospital and says that she herself has lived in the slums her entire life. This gives her insight into such details as the use of a switchblade.
Juror #6 - A house painter, she is happy that the case continues as it means she doesn’t have to work, but is hesitant to put a potential killer back on the streets. She sticks up for 9th Juror, an old woman, and seems to be a respectful woman.
Juror #7 - Her main concern in the case is whether or not it will end before her ball game, for which she has tickets. She sells marmalade and is generally indifferent to the case. She changes her vote to “not guilty” simply because the tide of opinion switches, and she wants the deliberations to be over.
Juror #8 - She is the only juror who votes “not guilty” at the first vote. She is discontent with the way the trial was handled and wants them to discuss the evidence in greater detail. Met with much opposition, she continues to advocate for the boy. We learn that she is an architect, by trade.
Juror #9 - An old woman. She respects 8th Juror's passion and sense of justice and quickly comes to her aid and becomes and advocate for the defendant.
Juror # 10 - She is one of the most fervent attackers of the defendant. Tactless and fairly bigoted, she condemns the defendant as “one of them” right from the start.
Juror #11 - An immigrant watchmaker. She is very patriotic and talks about how much she loves the American justice system.
Juror #12 - Works for a marketing agency, to which job she refers to often. She seems constantly distracted from the case.
What to Prepare: Adults: Please prepare a 90 second cut of a monologue of your choice.
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For Those Previously Scheduled, Where Are Auditions?: Auditions & rehearsals will be held at The Producers Club Theaters and Rehearsal Studios, located at 358 W 44th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues. Please sign-in when you arrive and wait there until your name is called for your audition.
What Should I Bring to the Audition? You must have a stapled headshot and resume with you at the time of audition for consideration. If you do not have a resume and headshot, please bring a piece of paper with your full name, cell phone number and e-mail address.
Rehearsal Guidelines: The complete rehearsal schedule is posted below for both casts. You may not leave early and you may not be late for any rehearsals. Sickness is also not an excuse for missing rehearsal. Rehearsals are also held at the Producers Club in Midtown New York City.
Performance Guidelines: This production is non-equity and there is no pay. There are no fees to participate. Performances will take place at the Producers Club (50 seats) in Midtown New York City.
Mandatory Rehearsals Monday, April 23rd - 7:30PM till 10:30PM- Cast A
Tuesday, April 24th - 7:30PM till 10:30PM- Cast B
Monday, April 30th - 7:30PM till 10:30PM - Cast A
Tuesday, May 1st - 7:30PM till 10:30PM - Cast B
Monday, May 7th - 7:30PM till 10:30PM - Cast A
Wednesday, May 10th - 7:30PM till 10:30PM - Cast B
Monday, May 14th - 7:30PM till 10:30PM - Cast A
Tuesday, May 15th - 7:30PM till 10:30PM - Cast B
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal Thursday, May 17th - 12PM till 3PM - Cast A Thursday, May 17th - 3PM till 6PM - Cast B
Mandatory Performances Thursday, May 17th - 7PM - Cast A Thursday, May 17th - 9PM - Cast B
Friday, May 18th - 7PM - Cast B Friday, May 18th - 9PM - Cast A
Saturday, May 19th - 7PM - Cast A Saturday, May 19th - 9PM - Cast B
Sunday, May 20th - 7PM - Cast B Sunday, May 20th - 9PM - Cast A
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