“Twelve Angry Jurors,” adapted by Sherman L. Sergel will be playing at the Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center Nov. 15, 16 and 17. It was adapted from a popular 1950’s film “12 Angry Men” which was then further adapted into “12 Angry Women.”
“Our show is a combination of these scripts to create a show that is totally gender neutral in casting options (meaning that every role could either have been cast as male or female),” Director Dani Helmich said. “The unique part about this is that as an actor every part was adaptable which meant that everyone who auditioned had a fair shot at each role. This translates into every role having the best possible actor portray the character despite their gender.”
The set and costumes are pretty simplistic as the story takes place in a small room over a short period of time and does not require any scene changes or costume changes. This show, Helmich said, is “character driven and focuses very much on the actor’s abilities.”
The themes of the show focus on social commentary, like racism, bigotry, and close-mindedness, but Helmich said there’s more to the story.
“It also shows the hopeful side of humanity in that maybe we can find some reason and truth if we work together and treat each other with kindness and fairness,” she said.
The shows begin on the 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 17 and 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Please come and enjoy the play put on by the Anamosa High School Drama Department.