National Tour of the Broadway Hit Twelve Angry Men, Starring Richard Thomas
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The last date listed for Twelve Angry Men was Thursday March 6, 2008 / 7:30pm.
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The Costa Mesa Playhouse celebrates its 50th season with a production of a play by one of American's… More
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The acting was solid, not a weak performance in the bunch; the dialogue tight & well-crafted - no obsequiousness.
The play provides a powerful mirror into the dark fringes of the human condition, where fear and (not so) private prejudices...continued
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Excellent play very enjoyable evening. Members of the audience seated behind us detracted from the show with talking and laughing throughout the performance. We sat in the Orchestra rear and was able to see fine without using the binoculors that...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed revival presents edge-of-your-seat narrative with juicy acting turns, resulting in a crackling good time!” —Variety
“Theatrically irresistible…seductive…sends a chill up the spine!” —The Washington Post
“The play grips you from the start and never lets up. It’s…a pleasure and a treasure after all these years.” —The Boston Globe
In Twelve Angry Men, a young delinquent awaits sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father. Twelve jurors are corralled in a room for their deliberations in that murder trial. One juror feels that there is a “reasonable doubt” — to the frustration of his eleven colleagues — thereby preventing a quick verdict. During the heated debate, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. When faced with playing the hangman, each juror is forced to face himself.
Starring Richard Thomas, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Scott Ellis, this national tour is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company. Critics across the country have been unanimous in their praise for this production. The New York Times called it “The undeniable hit of the Broadway dramatic season!” New York Magazine proclaimed it “A classic in the making!” The Associated Press described it as “Exhilarating! An absorbing theatrical experience.” In addition, Twelve Angry Men has been the recipient of several local awards for excellence, including the Independent Reviewers of New England Best Visiting Production – Large Stage Award for the Boston engagement, Cincinnati’s Acclaim Award for Best Touring Production and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Non-resident Production (Washington, D.C.).
Roundabout’s national tour of Twelve Angry Men premiered in New Haven, Connecticut at the Shubert Theatre on September 19, 2006, and since played in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, Minneapolis, Appleton, Birmingham, Atlanta, Louisville, Cincinnati, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Sacramento, Seattle, Los Angeles and Miami. Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Twelve Angry Men was the longest-running production at its home, the American Airlines Theatre, extending an unprecedented seven times to run for 32 weeks. This production marked the first time the show was ever seen on a Broadway stage. Its record-breaking run earned three Tony Award nominations and critical acclaim.
Originally written as a teleplay that appeared in 1954 on CBS’s drama series Studio One, Twelve Angry Men was one of the brightest jewels of television’s Golden Age. The story was subsequently made into a major motion picture in 1957 with an all-star cast that included Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman. Reginald Rose, who would go on to create and write scripts for the television series The Defenders, wrote a stage version in 1964. In 1997, Showtime, in response to questions about “reasonable doubt” raised during the O.J. Simpson trial, produced a new movie version with a racially diverse cast that featured George C. Scott, Jack Lemmon, Ossie Davis and Edward James Olmos.
Richard Thomas (Juror #8): Since his Broadway debut in Sunrise At Campobello in 1958, Mr. Thomas has appeared on the New York stage countless times, most recently in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Richard Greenberg’s A Naked Girl On The Appian Way, and last season in Michael Frayn’s Democracy and As You Like It in Central Park. Mr. Thomas has starred in more than 40 films for television including Terrence McNally’s Andre’s Mother and Wild Hearts for Hallmark. His television series have included It’s A Miracle, Just Cause and The Waltons, for which he won an Emmy Award in 1972.
Scott Ellis (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company. For Roundabout, he has directed the recent production of Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Alec Baldwin. Past Roundabout Broadway productions include Twelve Angry Men (Drama Desk, Tony nom.), The Look of Love, Rodgers & Hart’s The Boys From Syracuse, Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck (Roundabout & Williamstown), The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nom.), _Company _(Tony nom.), She Loves Me (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk, Tony nom), Picnic (Outer Critics nom.) and A Month In The Country with Helen Mirren. Additional Broadway directing credits include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Tony nom.), and the 2007 Tony-nominated hits The Little Dog Laughed and Kander & Ebb’s new musical Curtains.
Post-Show Panel Discussions*
To deepen the audience’s theater-going experience, the Performing Artscenter will offer a series of free Q&A panel discussions February 26-28 with prominent legal professionals and select members of the cast following each performance. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about different issues the play raises and also learn more about the American criminal justice system. Panelists include: Neil H. Cogan, vice president and dean of Whittier Law School; M. Katharine B. Darmer, professor of law at Chapman University School of Law; Marri Derby, director of the Alternate Defender’s Office; Scott Howe, professor of criminal law at Chapman University School of Law and Lawrence Rosenthal, professor of law at Chapman University School of Law. The Q&A panel discussion will start at 9:10pm and last approximately 30 minutes.