Directed by Bob Robinson
Auditions: Nov. 10 & 11, 7 pm at Riverwalk Theatre
"The play concerns the deliberations of the jury of a homicide trial. At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt. It was first made as a 1954 teleplay by Reginald Rose for the Studio One anthology television series, and was aired as a CBS live production on 20 September 1954. The drama was later rewritten for the stage in 1955 under the same title. It explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict."
1. The Foreman - age 35. A small, petty assistant high school football coach at first wary and then impressed with his own authority. He handles himself quite formally. Not overtly bright but dogged.
2. Age 38. A meek hesitant bank clerk finds it difficult to maintain opinions of his own. Easily swayed, he adopts the opinion of the last person to whom he has spoken.
3. Age 40. Strong, forceful, extremely opinionated head of a messenger service with a streak of sadism, is humorless, intolerant and used to forcing his views upon others.
4. Age 50. A stockbroker of wealth and position is a practiced speaker who presents himself well, preening, combing hair, cleaning nails, etc. He feels a bit above the others. He’s only concerned with the facts and is appalled with the others’ behavior.
5. Age 25. A naive and frightened mechanic, he takes his obligations in this case very seriously but finds it difficult to speak up when his elders have the floor.
6. Age 53. An honest but dull-witted house painter, he comes upon his decisions slowly and carefully. He finds it difficult to create positive opinions but must digest and accept these offered by others which appeal to him most.
7. Age 42. A loud, flashy, glad-handed salesman type, he has more important things to do than sit on a jury. Quick to show temper, and quick to form opinions on things of which he knows nothing, he is a bully and a coward.
8. Age 42. A quiet, thoughtful, gentle architect, he sees many sides to every question and constantly seeks the truth. His strength is tempered with compassion; he wants justice to be done and will fight to see that it is.
9. Age 70. A mild, gentle, retiree, long since defeated by life, is now merely waiting to die. He recognizes himself for what he is, and mourns the days when he could be courageous without hiding himself behind his many years. From the way he takes pills whenever he is excited, it is obvious that he has a heart condition.
10. Age 46. An angry, bitter garage owner, easily antagonized, he is a bigot who values no human life save his own. He’s been nowhere, is going nowhere and knows it. He has a cold and blows his nose, sniffs an inhaler, etc.
11. Age 48. A refugee watchmaker from Europe, he came to this country in 1941, he speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, almost subservient but will honestly seek justice because he has survived so much injustice.
12. Age 30. A slick, bright, advertising man, he thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls and has no real understanding of people. He’s a superficial snob but trying to be a good fellow. Through the play he doodles on a scratch pad.
The Guard - age 30+. He brings the jurors into and out of the jury room and brings them exhibits.
Perusal script available on request from Mike at the Riverwalk office. 482-5700. email@example.com