EAC’s Theatre Arts Department to perform “Twelve Angry Jurors”
By Mary Wadsworth
Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Arts Department will present “Twelve Angry Jurors.” The performances will take the stage at Eastern Arizona College’s Fine Arts Auditorium on April 7-11, at 7:30 p.m.; and on April 11, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and full-time EAC students will be admitted free with a current 2015 student ID.
Take your seat in the jury room and serve as a witness to twelve jurors discussing the verdict of a 19-year-old man accused of murder. With stage direction by Steven James Higginbotham, set design by William H. Nidiffer, costume designs by Timilee McNair, lighting and sound designs by Don Eller, and stage management by Kylie-Jo Soto, this production boasts a talented cast of student performers as the colorful members of this jury: Kalei Ashlock, Bekah Beals, Kobie Bigelow, Kiana Campbell, Sarah DeHaven, Christopher Evans, Delaney Ewing, Tyler Fox, Sarah Harvey, Stuart Kieren, Devon Parker, Dylan “Albie” Prentis, Ashleigh Stapley, Amanda Striffolino, and Beau Thebeau.
It seems like a typical open-and-shut case until one of the jurors opens the others’ eyes to the facts. As the many testimonies are re-examined, the case becomes personal, and each juror’s true nature is exposed. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become angry. The anticipation of the final vote will surely keep you on the edge of your seat: Will the jurors find this stranger guilty or not?
“Although it was originally written and produced in the 1950s and many of us fondly remember the black-and-white movie starring Henry Fonda, this play has themes which will resonate with modern audiences,” says Higginbotham. “In our age of digital media, how often do people make a snap judgment based on a headline or photo posted online? The moral of this story is that you have to look further into the facts in order to make a well-founded decision.”
“I’ve always wanted to stage this show in an arena configuration so that the audiences would feel like they, too, were seated around the jury table. When you come to see this production, you will feel compelled to vote along with the other jurors,” said Higgenbotham.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office before each performance or by calling Eastern Arizona College’s Ticket Office at (928) 428-8228. Advanced reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Come, support the performing arts in your community, and enjoy Eastern Arizona College’s thrilling production of “Twelve Angry Jurors!”