A middle aged man was found dead from a stab wound in the chest in his own apartment in the slums of New York City near the el tracks. They believe it was his own son who killed him. There were only two witnesses to the crime: the old man who lived on the second floor of the apartment building right underneath the room where the murder took place, and a woman who claims she saw the murder take place through the window of the man’s apartment but also through a passing el train.
The boy was given a six day trial where the murder was investigated and analyzed in court. The boy may have had a rough childhood and the witnesses may have not been the most reliable, but the boy was known for being an experienced knife fighter; there are reasons why the boy could be claimed guilty, but there are still some reasonable doubts. The stakes are high, and if by the sixth day the jury comes to unanimous agreement that the boy is guilty, the boy will be sentenced to death.
It is a blazing hot day in New York City and it has been a long six day trial. It is now up to twelve New York civilians to decide on the death of a boy they have never known with only so much evidence to prove if he is innocent or guilty. They could be responsible for sentencing an innocent boy to death, or for releasing a dangerous murderer out into the streets. This decision is not easy. The most difficult part may be for these jurors to convince eleven other strangers with diverse and opposing views to agree on a verdict unanimously. By the end of this smoldering hot day of deciding on the life or death of a nineteen year old boy, these jurors will not be so sweet, hence the name of the play, Twelve Angry Jurors.
This weekend, you can walk into the jury room at Park Hall in Ben Lomond, but don’t worry you won’t have to vote for the verdict. Leave it up to twelve devoted actors from San Lorenzo Valley High School to act out the roles of this contradicting jury, all you have to do is sit and watch the fur fly on stage as the verdict is made.
The last weekend of the show Twelve Angry Jurors is this very weekend playing once on November 1st at 7:00pm, and twice on November 2nd: once at 2:00pm and last at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 General Admission, $8 for students, seniors, and staff, and $7 with an ASB card. Since our Performing Arts Center is currently a dirt mound, the jury will be meeting at Park Hall in Ben Lomond, but don’t let that keep you from coming. After all, this is a man’s life we have at stake.