Play by Reginald Rose
Performed at the Scott Theatre, 7th March 2004
A Masterson/Assembly Theatre Production
Directed by Guy Masterson
Director Guy Masterson's adaptation of Reginald Rose's Pulitzer Prize-winning play,
Set on the hottest day of the year in New York in 1957,
Eleven jurors immediately vote to send the youth to the electric chair, insisting it is a clear case of murder, but Juror 8 (Owen O'Neill) is not sure and simply wants to talk over the facts of the case and his uncertainties concerning the evidence. He questions the other jurors' decision, arguing that a human life should be worth some consideration; "we can't decide on somebody's life in five minutes!"
Discussions of the evidence reveal inconsistencies, inaccuracies and personal interpretations of the accused, the witnesses and the juror's prejudices. Juror 3 (Stephen Frost) has an estranged, violent relationship with his only son, and transposes his vicious anger to the accused youth. Juror 10 (Phil Nichol) condemns the accused because of his own paranoia; he is terrified the "scum" of the slums might one day take control. Each of the jurors is in turn offended or taken aback...