This Play’s The Thing

Two students walked out of Staples’ production of “Twelve Angry Men.”

“I want to serve on a jury,” one said.

“I want to be a lawyer,” his friend replied.

That’s one story of the power of the legendary high school drama troupe’s production of the intense courtroom drama.

Here’s another:  Earlier this week, the widow of Reginald Rose — the man who wrote the drama for television, then co-produced the movie version — bought a ticket for the Staples show.  She could have seen dozens of productions of “Twelve Angry Men” over the years; she chose this one.

Photo by Kerry Long

Photo by Kerry Long

One more story:  designer Reid Thompson, a Staples grad, served jury duty several weeks ago.  That experience shows, in the set’s superb yet stark details.

Now 50 years old,  it’s hard to imagine Staples Players coming up with anything new.  But they always do.  This time it’s directors David Roth and Kerry Long’s innovative staging.  The jury sits in the middle of the Black Box Theatre, surrounded on all sides by the audience .  Blocking is challenging — but the result is both intimate and compelling.

“Twelve Angry Men”‘s final performances are tonight, tomorrow and Saturday (all 7:30 p.m.).  Click here for more details and ticket information.

2 responses to “This Play’s The Thing

  1. Probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Love it!

  2. The play made me proud to go to Staples. We have such a talented school, and the actors in the show did a fantastic job.