New Bern Civic Theatre to present “12 Angry Men” - WNCT

New Bern Civic Theatre to present “12 Angry Men”

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

A local theatre group is staging an American classic this weekend.

The New Bern Civic Theatre will present “12 Angry Men” this weekend. The play is based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose.

The production is being directed by Alan Berger and produced by Eileen Shalhoub. The group gives this synopsis for the production: 12 Angry Men focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 casts a not guilty vote. At first, Juror No. 8 bases his vote more so for the sake of discussion; after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors' complex personalities (which range from wise, bright, and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. That provides the backdrop to Juror No. 8’s attempts in convincing the other jurors that a "not guilty" verdict might be appropriate.

Amy Hammond told 9 On Your Side “12 Angry Men is a must-see, not only because the performances of the actors are irreproachable; not only because the script is truly great; and not only because the drama was captivating. 12 Angry Men is a play that teaches us a lesson in life: Anyone judging others is himself being judged.”

Performances take place September 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 7:30pm, September 15, 22 @ 2pm, 2013

Tickets: $17 in advance, $19 at door, $10 for Students and Active Duty Military with ID*

Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 252-633-0567 or by ordering online at www.newberncivictheatre.org. More information can be found on the organizations facebook page www.facebook.com/newberncivictheatre.org

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