Overshadowed Theatrical Productions puts on 'Twelve Angry Men & Women'

 
 
Updated 9/21/2021 12:46 AM

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions continues its production of "12 Angry Men & Women." It will be performed on alternate weekends as either "Twelve Angry Women" or "Twelve Angry Men."

Tickets are $16 to $22, available at www.overshadowed.org. Prices range based on chosen/available seating at 900 Foster Ave. in Medinah.

 

"12 Angry Men" will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Fridays, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 23-25 and Oct. 7-9.

"12 Angry Women" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

It is 1959 and 12 jurors have been led into a jury room of a New York City court of law. They are given final instructions about determining the verdict in a murder case whose defendant faces the death penalty if found guilty.

Before deliberations begin, they take a short break after filing into the hot and stuffy room. They gather around a long table to begin discussions about the case. The defendant, a young man, is accused of killing his father; and, after a preliminary vote, all but one of the jurors presume he is guilty. Juror #8 is the only one who feels differently. Because they must come to a unanimous decision, debates begin.

It is agreed to go around the table and have each man explain why he believes the young man is guilty, in hopes of convincing Juror #8 to change his mind. They heatedly discuss the known facts of the case; and little by little the personalities, opinions, and biases of each juror become evident. Will this last juror obstinately stand his ground or can the others convince him otherwise?

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