A.C.T. ( A Community Theatre) presents: 12 Angry Women
A dozen women are locked in the pressure-cooker of a stifling-hot jury room to come to a conclusion on whether a young man is guilty of murder — literally a life-or-death decision that hinges on a switch-blade.
The play works on doubt and on the edge-of-seat tension that comes from the interpersonal dynamics among the twelve jurors. What does it take for individuals to stand against the sway of the majority, and finally come together? The message — about evidence, probing beneath the surface, critical thinking — is relevant in our era of simplistic populist appeals.
It’s theatre in-the-round: the audience is almost a part of the jury-room.