The Theatre Artists Workshop will present three staged reading performances of the classic Reginald Rose play “Twelve Angry Men,” a blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, on February 9, 10 and 11. The Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will be a 3 p.m. matinee. A donation of $20 is suggested.
The readings will be directed by Broadway veteran and Fairfield native Mike Boland, who will also play Juror 3. Two-time Emmy winner John Wesley Shipp of New York City will play Juror 8. Boland and Shipp performed the show together at the Judson Theatre Company in Pinehurst, NC in 2016.
“Twelve Angry Men,” adapted from the classic 1957 movie, was written by former Westport resident Reginald Rose. He first wrote it for CBS television’s live dramatic anthology program “Studio One” in 1954. Rose received an Emmy award for his teleplay and an Oscar nomination for his 1957 screenplay. He died in 2002 in Norwalk, CT.
“Twelve Angry Men” made it’s Broadway premiere in October 2004, running for 228 performances at the American Airlines Theatre before closing in May 2005. The Broadway production was followed by an award-winning Broadway national tour, which ran for more than 500 performances from Sept. 2006 through June 2008.
Theatre Artists Workshop members Jim Gordon (Juror 9) of Norwalk, Jason Peck (Juror 4) of Ridgefield, and Larry Greeley (the Judge) of Wilton will appear in this production. Boland is also a TAW member. The rest of the cast includes Matt Young (Juror 1) of Norwalk, Sam Williamson (Juror 2) of Brooklyn, NY, Paulo Arujo (Juror 5) of Norwalk, Mike Massimino (Juror 6) of Easton, Guy Rocco (Juror 7) of Norwalk, Robert Watts (Juror 10) of Milford, Al Bhatt (Juror 11) of Monroe, and Rob Kennedy (Juror 12) of Bethany.
The Theatre Artists Workshopis located at 5 Gregory Boulevard in Norwalk, Conn. For more information or to reserve your seat for any TAW event, call the box office at (203) 854-6830, or visit taworkshop.org.