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Theater production “12 Angry Jurors” takes stage in November

Posted 10/31/16

Questions of guilt, innocence and racial bias will take center stage when Fitchburg State University’s presents an updated take on a classic drama with 12 Angry Jurors in November.

Updated from playwright Reginald Rose’s classic 12 Angry Men, 12 Angry Jurors is set on a stifling August afternoon in Chicago, 11 months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. A young Hispanic man is on trial for murder, and his fate will be decided by a group of men and women from varying ages, ethnic groups and social backgrounds.

Director Kelly Morgan, a professor in the university’s Communications Media Department, said the play continues to resonate 50 years after its debut, with its still timely exploration of themes surrounding immigration, race, sexism, ageism, and the state of our criminal justice system.

“History is repeating itself because we have yet to learn from it,” said Morgan.

Morgan assembled two all-student casts for the production, with the companies of actors rotating between performances.

12 Angry Jurors will be presented in the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts in the McKay Complex at 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg. Admission is free. Performances will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 17; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Saturday, Nov. 12, Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 19.

Fitchburg Access Television's "Inside Fitchburg" featured the cast and crew in a recent episode. Click here to watch the program on demand.

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