WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Go see a reminder of the tension between prejudice and fairness, independence and the power of crowd thinking -- all a part of the Mount Greylock Regional High School production of "Twelve Angry Jurors."
Remember the 1957 film starring Henry Fonda -- Twelve Angry Men about building consensus in the American legal system of trial by jury? The quality of the acting by this 13-member cast is right up there with the pros and there are some lines that are chilling when you remember how long ago they were written.
The whole play, written by TV screenwriter Reginald Rose in 1954 after he had himself sat on a manslaughter jury, is set entirely in a room where a jury is deliberating the fate of a teen-age boy accused of murder.
See it Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., at the school in Williamstown, $8 for adults and $3 for students. Well worth the time and money -- and great snacks at intermission to boot. The director: Patrick Madden, MGRHS '10, who is gearing up June 9 to spend the summer teaching English and theater to middle-school students in Providence, R.I.