PORTSMOUTH – The Portsmouth Little Theater is set to debut “12 Angry Women” Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.
The play will run April 1 and 2 and again April 8 and 9. Showtimes are all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
“12 Angry Women” is an adaptation of the hugely popular television courtroom drama (1954) and subsequent film (1957) “12 Angry Men.” Adapted in 1983 by Sherman L. Sergel, “12 Angry Women” flips the script on gender and tells the story of 12 female jurors who must decide the fate of a 19-year-old boy standing accused of the fatal stabbing of his father.
The women walk into the courtroom in the first act and declare the case to be open and shut – all except a single dissenter played by PLT newcomer Shannon Grice.
“I’ve always wanted to be on the stage at PLT,” said Grice. “When I saw they were doing 12 Angry Women, I knew I had to try out. I love the film.”
Grice plays the role of juror #8 – the same juror fabled actor Henry Fonda portrays in the movie.
“I had to be a part of this classic story,” said Kelli Riffe, who portrays juror #4. “I love Henry Fonda. But I knew that with 12 women on this stage it will be a lot angrier than Henry Fonda ever thought it could be.”
The production also stars Lisa Montgomery, Eva Martin, Heather Myers, Erin Ballangee, Molly Daravell, Clarissa Webb, Victoria Suarez, Diana Ratliff, Pam Klinepeter, Chelsea Watkins, Trent Williams, James Webb, Eric Gray and Nate Marcum. The play is directed by Kayla Parker and assistant director Ava Coburn.
“This play has been challenging,” said Parker. “Every one of us are volunteers. We all have lives, jobs, families and responsibilities. There are a lot of schedules to contend with – but everyone has been so dedicated to this show. We just spent our entire weekend here working on costuming, hair, running lines and getting this ready for the public. This cast has been great. I am very lucky – and I can’t wait to show the community this production!”
The Director also explained how important Jim Humphrey has been to the production and to theater. Humphrey is a board member who builds almost every set for PLT.
“Jim has done a crazy amount of work. I thought he was going to kill me with all the work I’ve given him,” laughed Parker. “But, he’s been excited every step of the way. And this set looks fantastic. We are so lucky to have him here at PLT.”
“12 Angry Women” will thrill audiences. Tempers get short. Arguments grow heated. And the jurors become a group of angry women who must reach a final verdict. Strong themes on justice, prejudice, and the dangers of group think are found throughout.
“This is a timeless story,” said Grice. “Even though it came out in the 1950s, it is still very relevant to today.”
“You’ve got 12 different people with 12 different personalities and opinions up onstage,” said Juror #3 Heather Myers. “And they all have to come together and make a tough decision. This play is all about people putting away their own strong opinions, and perhaps prejudices and doing what is right.”
“This play is about how easy it is to just go with the flow,” explained Parker. “You don’t want to be the one person holding everything up and causing a stir. Loud voices drown out the quiet ones in life, but in this show one person is brave enough to say ‘this isn’t right!’ That one soft voice becomes strong and makes a big difference.”
PLT expects a filled house this weekend. Readers can get their tickets at pltlive.com or at the box office the day of the show. Be warned – it may sell out! For more information, follow the Portsmouth Little Theater on Facebook.
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