The Delray Beach Playhouse presents the powerful play Twelve Angry Men now through June 3rd. Written by Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men was originally presented as a televised play on CBS’s Studio One in 1954. The 1957 film adaptation starring Henry Fonda, brought the powerful story much notoriety. The play adaptation being presented by the Delray Beach Playhouse had its Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theatre on October 28, 2004.
The story revolves around a jury assigned to the case of a young man accused of murdering his own father. The twelve men must unanimously decide on a verdict of “guilty” or “not guilty”. They are each forced to examine their preconceptions and prejudices as they consider what comprises “reasonable doubt.” Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the witness based on his race, his background, and the troubled relationship between father and son. The men represent many aspects of society, each with their own story.
Understandably this tale remains a timeless classic worth a look now as much as it was in the 1950s. Shifting current political issues and social topics would well inspire all Americans to examine our own preconceptions and prejudices – especially at a time when it has just been announced that for the first time in our history the majority of children born in the US this past year are considered members of a minority group.
The historic Delray Beach Playhouse is a community theatre now in it’s 65th season. The theatre is located at 950 NW 9th Street in Delray Beach, Florida. For tickets and information you may contact them by phone at 561-272-1281 or on line by firstname.lastname@example.org.