WDAS Afternoon Drive Radio personality Frankie Darcell presents and directs her second Philadelphia stage production of the 1957 adaptation of Reginald Rose classic hit stage play 12 Angry Men. The high profile court verdicts of O. J. Simpson, Jodi Arias and Trayvon Martin continues to resonate from the courtroom as it did in this 1957 film by Reginald Rose, stage version by Sherman L. Sergel. The film tells the story of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt.
The case at hand pertains to whether a young man murdered his own father. The jury is further instructed that a guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence. These twelve then move to the jury room, where they begin to become acquainted with the personalities of their peers. Throughout their deliberation, not a single juror calls another by his name because the names are unknown to the jurors. Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the defendant: his race, his background, and the troubled relationship between one juror and his own son.
This incredible, moving and intense production stars a multicultural cast and a number of Philadelphia actors that have received major acclaim both locally and nationally. This is the twenty-second stage production produced and directed by Ms. Darcell with a resume that includes the success of six Philadelphia shows of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuff” and performances of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, benefitting shelters for women of domestic violence and their children.
Frankie states “12 Angry Men” is as relevant today as it was sixty years ago. The recent release of Philadelphia’s Anthony Wright, after being found guilty by a jury and spending 25 years in prison for a rape and murder we later found out he didn’t commit, speaks volumes to the importance of the Jury deliberation process and why this play is a must see!!!