Lars Benson and Ron Robertson will play the youngest and most senior jurors when Theatre for a Cause presents "Twelve Angry Men" at 7:30 p.m. April 10-12 at The Spire as a fundraiser for Prendergast Library.
"The cast of this production includes actors of varied ages and stage experience. Our jurors are all men, although sometimes this script is retitled 'Twelve Angry Jurors,' and both men and women enact the roles created by playwright Reginald Rose. As with the other 10 jurors, Lars and Ron will create characters who behave differently than the actors do in real life," Director Bob Terreberry said.
Juror Number Five, Lars Benson, is a student at Jamestown Community College, but he also has considerable theatrical experience for someone so young. He appeared in "Peter Pan" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at JCC. At Chautauqua Institution he was part of the cast of "A Winter's Tale." Most recently, he appeared in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" for the Winged Ox Players and was a lead player in "Rebel Without a Cause" for Masked Productions.
"I enjoy being in plays," Benson said. "With 'Twelve Angry Men,' I am working with some actors I have previously worked with and am meeting new people also.
"Juror Number Five is the youngest juror. He is eager to serve and serious about his role, but he has to find the will and the strength to make himself heard and respected. It's true for me as the youngest actor, too, but everyone has been very welcoming, and I'm confident that I can just be 'one of the jurors.'"
Benson lives with his family in Bemus Point and enjoys skiing, reading and stage work.
The most senior actor in the cast portrays the most senior of the jurors, Juror Number Nine. Robertson is well known for his lead roles at various area venues in "Visiting Mr. Green," "The Spoon River Project," "The Gin Game," "Over the River and Through the Woods," "On Golden Pond," "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Winning Streak," the last two with Theatre for a Cause.
Robertson lives in Fluvanna and is a retired property manager. He is the owner of Ellington Antiques.
"This is one of those plays that most actors want to take a crack at. These jurors are quite a group. Juror Number Nine is a good guy, the sage of the group. I enjoy him. He's the voice of reason, and rude as some of the jurors are, they still listen to him. I'm enjoying rehearsals. It's one of the most creative shows that I have had the chance to be part of," said Robertson at a recent rehearsal.
Benson and Robertson join previously announced jurors Skip Anderson, Peter Stark, Dr. Uriel Ben-Itzhak, Steven Michael Cobb, Adam Owens, Matt Smith, Adam Hughes, Michael Leo Centi, Martin Swalboski and Vince Joy Jr.
As performance dates approach, the director said, "Final preparations are falling into place. The actors playing the jurors, those 'angry men' of the play's title, are off script and creating tension and flow for the production."
Tickets for the play are available for $12 each at Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown or online at in-spire.us. For information, call 484-7135.