Asbury Theatre Presents “Twelve Angry Jurors”
October 27, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Theatre & Cinema Performance program will present “Twelve Angry Jurors” on Nov. 10-12 and 17-19.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Greathouse Theatre. Tickets ($5 per person) are available online and will also be available for purchase at the door.
Written by Reginald Rose, “Twelve Angry Jurors” is one of several adaptations of the same narrative, including the 1957 film starring Henry Fonda. With a plot centering on a murder trial, the play challenges actors and viewers to think carefully about evidence and personal prejudice.
“This play has really challenged me, because my character feels like the whole world is looking down on her and judging her,” said Emily Buonocore ’19, who plays a character with a disability. “It’s put me in that mindset — if that’s what this character feels like, how can I stick up for people like her?”
Buonocore says the show has also stretched acting technique by forcing her to navigate physical challenges.
“My character is in a wheelchair, so I’m having to deal with that aspect, and also, we’re trying for everyone to use a New York accent,” Buonocore said. “There have been a lot of physical things I’ve had to work on.”
Director Jeff Day says the demands of the show, from style to setting to time period, have provided students “a master class in character development.” Being produced “in the round,” with the audience surrounding the stage, the show invites viewers to become part the action, which Day hopes will be a thought-provoking experience.
“The unifying message is to listen,” Day said. “It’s to listen to other people’s processes of dealing with issues, to realize that we do have prejudice and bias within us and to listen to the arguments before just jumping to conclusions.”
For an evening of high-stakes drama and thought-provoking artistry, Day says “Twelve Angry Jurors” can’t be beaten.
“The dramatic elements are very powerful, it’s written so well, and it’s a classic,” Day said. “And at $5 a ticket, it’s the best deal in town.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Theatre & Cinema Performance program, visit: asbury.edu/theatre.