Theatre for a Cause will present "Twelve Angry Men" as a fundraiser for Prendergast Library at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday April 10-12 at The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St., Jamestown.
"Twelve angry men will be spending some time together over the next couple of months, and once they have channeled that anger, we will all get to meet them," according to Director Bob Terreberry.
The cast of jurors, consisting of seasoned actors and newcomers to the stage, will be announced shortly, and tickets at $12 each are expected to be available at Prendergast Library by the week of Feb. 24.
Bob Terreberry, left, and Adam Hughes are preparing to direct and produce a new production by Theatre for a Cause to benefit Prendergast Library in April.
In its first two years, Theatre for a Cause presented two character plays, "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "Winning Streak," for the benefit of local human service organizations.
"With this production, T-FAC looks forward to enlarging cast size and audience size," Terreberry said.
"I've always wanted to be part of this show," said Producer Adam Hughes. "Someone told me that I'd never find 12 male actors to mount a production, but we found them, and we are working toward our April opening."
"I'm the lucky one who gets to keep these 12 guys in line," Terreberry said jokingly. "I think we'll have a good show. We are doing the play in the round, a format that should blur the line between cast and audience, so everyone will be part of the jury. There will be other innovations in the play's presentation too, but we'll save those surprises for the audiences each night of production."
Terreberry said the movie version of "Twelve Angry Men" is always included in any listing of all-time great movies, and T-FAC is pleased to be presenting it to benefit the library.
"The story depicted in the play will always be a classic literary plot: a jury of 12 works through their prejudices and their varying understanding of justice in deciding the fate of an accused. The play carefully tells the story of this particular jury, and the jurors and the audience understand themselves and their community better when the play ends," he said.
2014 is the 60th anniversary of the original "Twelve Angry Men" teleplay by Reginald Rose produced live by CBS for Playhouse 90 in 1954. The drama was rewritten for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel in 1955 and for film in 1957 for a movie starring Henry Fonda. In 1997 it was filmed again with Jack Lemmon as the star.
Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St. For information, call 484-7135.