12 Angry Jurors

12 Angry Jurors

Directed by Matt Rodenkirch

NOV. 18–21, 2021 | GOODRICH LITTLE THEATRE

On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. Needing a unanimous vote to pass judgment, tempers flare as eleven of the jurors try their best to convince the 1 dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of “reasonable doubt”. Originally written for twelve men, this updated version proves that the conversation about what it means to live in a democracy is far from over.

AUDITIONS

No preparation necessary. Masks required. Auditionees should be 18+.

Show up at any time within one of the following openings:

  • Monday Sept 20, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday Sept 22, 6-8pm
  • Saturday Sept 25 10-noon

Video auditions accepted: please email a short monologue to matthew10268@gmail.com (or reach out to ask for an audition side).

Character descriptions:

JUROR NUMBER ONE/FOREPERSON: They are a small, petty person who is impressed with the authority they have and handles themselves quite formally. They are not overly bright, but dogged.

JUROR NUMBER TWO: A meek, hesitant person who finds it difficult to maintain any opinions of their own. They are easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom they have spoken.

JUROR NUMBER THREE: They are very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated person within who can be detected a streak of sadism. Also, they are humorless and intolerant of opinions other than their own, and accustomed to forcing their wishes and views upon others.

JUROR NUMBER FOUR: They seem to be a person of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents themselves well all times. They seem to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. Their only concern is with the facts in this case and they are appalled with the behavior of the others.

JUROR NUMBER FIVE: They are a naïve, very frightened young person who takes their obligations in this case very seriously, but who finds it difficult to speak up when their elders have the floor.

JUROR NUMBER SIX: they are an honest but dull-witted person who comes upon their decisions slowly and carefully. They find it difficult to create positive opinions, but they must listen to and digest and accept those opinions offered by others which appeal to them most.

JUROR NUMBER SEVEN: They are a loud, flashy, glad-handing salesperson type who has more important things to do than sit on a jury. They are quick to show temper and equally quick to form opinions on things about which they know nothing. They are a bully, and of course, a coward.

JUROR NUMBER EIGHT: They are a quiet, thoughtful, gentle person who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. They are a person of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, they are a person who wants justice to be done, and will fight to see that it is.

JUROR NUMBER NINE: They are a mild, gentle older person, long since defeated by life, and now merely waiting to die. They recognize themselves for what they are, and mourn the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without shielding themselves behind their many years.

JUROR NUMBER TEN: They are an angry, bitter person who antagonizes almost at sight. They are also a bigot who places no values on human life save their own. Here is a person who has been nowhere and is going nowhere and knows it deep within themselves.

JUROR NUMBER ELEVEN: They are a refugee from an unnamed part of the world. They speak with an accent and is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the people around them. They will honestly seek justice because they have suffered through so much injustice.

JUROR NUMBER TWELVE: They are a slick, bright individual in advertising who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls, and who has no real understanding of people. They are a superficial snob, but trying to be a good person.