|This summer's production of the English Drama Workshop takes us into a stifling hot jury-room in the rear of a courthouse in Manhattan. This is where twelve people (an architect, a Wall Street broker, an advertising agent, an immigrant from Germany, an elderly lady, a house painter - just to name a few) have been locked up to decide on the life of a young man who is charged with murdering his father. They search for the truth upon the evidence laid before them, twelve modern time disciples whose vision is - at times - impaired by racial, social, and personal prejudices, or plain lack of interest. |
Unconsciously or deliberately, the jurors share a bit or a bit too much of their lives, approaching and repelling each other, before they come to their final unanimous verdict.
Still today in 1997 - just as in the late fifties when the play was written - XII intelligently raises such topical issues as racism, democracy, and social responsibility, and careful asks for a re-evaluation of the death penalty.
XII is our mixed gender interpretation of Reginald Rose's spellbinding play and film Twelve Angry Men, better known to German audiences in its feature film version as Die Zwölf Geschworenen, starring Henry Fonda in the part of the 8th juror.
Directed by Lars Schüler