HUDSON -- On Jan. 27, the Knight Fine Arts Center stage will become a tense deliberation room as the fate of a teenage boy falls in the hands of 12 angry jurors.

This will be the first time Western Reserve Academy has performed this classic courtroom drama, which premiered as "12 Angry Men" in 1954 as a televised play and as a film in 1957.

"This play has been in the back of my mind for a while," said director and Fine & Performing Arts Department faculty member Donalee Ong. "I remember seeing it on TV when I was a teenager and being really intrigued by the whole story. I've also actually had a jury experience myself when I was in my early 20s, which I found really intriguing. At the time, I knew so little about the law, how jurors were chosen, why certain jurors were chosen. I was thrown in with 11 other people, and I was the youngest one there. I'm amazed by the idea that 12 regular people have to come up with a unanimous decision that can change a person's life."

In this particular court case, a teenager stands on trial for the murder of his father, and 12 jurors must decide his verdict -- which may or may not include a short future on death row. Of the jurors, 11 are prepared to declare him guilty, while one dissenter attempts to change their minds.

Come to the WRA production of "12 Angry Jurors" at the Knight Fine Arts Center (KFAC) on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. or Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

Purchase tickets at the WRA Campus Store a week before the event or get them at the door.

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