2008-11-22 / Schools

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Lakewood High School's Performing Arts Department presents two shows - Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men and Twelve Angry Women, Nov. 21 through 23 at the Lakewood High School Performing Arts Center. Twelve Angry Men is Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23, 3 p.m., and Twelve Angry Women is Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. According to the Roundabout Theatre Company, which performed the play on Broadway, Twelve Angry Men and Twelve Angry Women is the story of a young delinquent who awaits sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father. Twelve jurors are corralled in a room for their deliberations in a murder trial. One juror feels that there is a "reasonable doubt" - to the frustration of his or her eleven colleagues - thereby preventing a quick verdict. During the heated debate, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. When faced with playing the hangman, each juror is forced to face him or her self. "Twelve Angry Men," originally written as a teleplay that appeared in 1954 on CBS' drama series "Studio One," was one of the brightest jewels of television's Golden Age. The story was subsequently made into a major motion picture in 1957. Reginald Rose, who would go on to create and write scripts for the television series, "The Defenders," wrote a stage version in 1964. In 1997, Showtime, in response to questions about "reasonable doubt" raised during the OJ Simpson trial, produced a new movie version with a racially diverse cast. An all male or all female cast and crew present each Lakewood High School version of the play. Tickets are $7.00 and are on sale now. Call 928-4496 or order tickets online at www. lakewooddrama.com There will also be a FREE show for Senior Citizens on Thursday, November 20 at 9:00 a.m. in the LHS auditorium. Beacon photos by Scott Rawdon.

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