Chattanooga Now 'Twelve Angry Jurors' opens at Tennessee Valley Theatre

Chattanooga Now 'Twelve Angry Jurors' opens at Tennessee Valley Theatre

September 21st, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

If you go

› What: “Twelve Angry Jurors”

› Where: Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn.

› When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 22-23 and 29-30; 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1

› Admission: $10

› For more information: 423-365-PLAY

A boy's life is at stake in the hands of 12 jurors — the majority of whom believe him guilty, with one dissenter holding out with reasonable doubt.

That's the setup when Tennessee Valley Theatre opens "Twelve Angry Jurors" on Friday night, Sept. 22, for six performances in Spring City, Tenn.

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, members of the jury begin deliberations. The case at hand pertains to whether a young man murdered his father. A guilty verdict means death for the accused, an inner-city teen.

As the dozen people try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. As their deliberations continue, it becomes apparent that personal issues are weighing in some of the jurors' decisions. Several jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the defendant: his race, his background, even the troubled relationship between one juror and his own son.

Will personal issues derail the important process of deciding the boy's fate?

"Twelve Angry Men" is a play by Reginald Rose adapted from his 1954 Emmy Award-winning television movie of the same title for CBS Studio One television series. In 1957, a movie adaptation was produced and written by Rose, directed by Sidney Lumet. It was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Tickets to the Tennessee Valley Theatre production are $10. For more information: 423-365-PLAY.