The story is set in the 1950's where a 19 year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. As the jurors are led to deliberation, the guard mutters "He doesn't stand a chance."
It looks like an open and shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. A foreign born juror states, "This is a remarkable thing about democracy that we are notified by mail to come down to the place and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man: of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing."
But it does become personal with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, events are re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become 12 angry men.
In tense scenes that will electrify the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats, the final verdict and how it is reached add up to an exceptional piece of dramatic literature.
The 3-act play features outstanding actors from several area communities. The cast includes Matt Forristal, Gary Wanberg, Ryan Brown, Jim Christensen, Aric Weise, Dave Borchers, Brian Pacza, Joseph Titcomb, Roger Dreeszen, Mick Hammer, Cary Conover, Mike Vondrak and Randy Carpenter. Returning to direct this season's performance is Vickie Heck of Holstein.
This powerful theatrical production promises to captivate the audience as it will be performed in a modified round. Spectators will feel as though they are part of the jury as the action takes place within arm's reach.
The performance will be held in the Galva Holstein school gym on April 24 at 7:00 pm and April 25 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for the performance will be sold at the door for $8 for adults and $5 for students, which includes dessert served between Acts 2 and 3.