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1st-time director brings ‘12 Angry Jurors’ to the Albert Lea stage

Local actors will perform the play “Twelve Angry Jurors” in the next two weeks in Albert Lea.

Adopted by Sherman L. Sergel, the play focuses around a 19-year-old man who has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. The jury deliberates a seemingly open-and-shut case, but Juror No. 8, played by John Laurie, has reasonable doubt. He tries to convince other jurors in the room of the facts of the case.

According to a plot synopsis, the jury’s final verdict and how they reach it is filled with tense scenes that will keep the audience at the edge of its seat.

The play will run at 7:30 p.m. March 2 through March 4 and at 2 p.m. March 5. The play will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 8 through March 11. All performances will be at Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.

Juror No. 8 (John Laurie) expresses his reservation in reaching a guilty verdict during rehearsals for "Twelve Angry Jurors" on Tuesday. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

Juror No. 8 (John Laurie) expresses his reservation in reaching a guilty verdict during rehearsals for “Twelve Angry Jurors” on Tuesday. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

Director Kris Bartley said the play focuses on going beyond a seemingly black-and-white issue.

“It’s very timely with what is going on in the country today,” she said.

“This show is all about critical thinking.”

This is Bartley’s first time directing a play. Auditions started in mid-January.

Tickets, please

What: “Twelve Angry Jurors”

Where: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

When: 7:30 p.m.  March 2 through March 4; 2:30 p.m. March 5; 7:30 p.m. March 8 through March 11.

Cost: adult tickets are 15 and student tickets are $10

Jury Foreman Gary Schindler talks during jury deliberations of a man charged in the fatal stabbing of his father during rehearsals for "Twelve Angry Jurors" on Tuesday. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

Jury Foreman Gary Schindler talks during jury deliberations of a man charged in the fatal stabbing of his father during rehearsals for “Twelve Angry Jurors” on Tuesday. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

Cast

Foreman: Gary Schindler

Juror No. 2: Sue Runden

Juror No. 3: James Zschunke

Juror No. 4: Cally Skinner

Juror No. 5: Raquel Hellman

Juror No. 6: Christy Compton

Juror No. 7: Kristan Dye

Juror No. 8: John Laurie

Juror No. 9: Krista Johnson

Juror No. 10: Jon Cochran

Juror No. 11: Randy Forster

Juror No. 12: Lisa Sturtz

Guard: Marcy Tatro

About Sam Wilmes

Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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