George Street Playhouse continues its series of Pride Nights for the Gay Community on March 29, following the performance of The Playhouse's smash hit courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Men. For $55 patrons will receive premium seating for the 8pm performance, and admission to the post-show reception at Mike's Courtside Bar and Grill featuring complimentary snacks, drink specials
and door prizes.
Tickets are available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717 or online at The Playhouse website www.GSPonline.org using the code PRIDE. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick's Dining and Entertainment district and steps away from Mike's Courtside Bar and Grill, located at 1 Elm Row (directly behind The Playhouse).
Twelve Angry Men was written in 1954 and didn't make its Broadway debut until 50 years later. Originally conceived as a television play presenting on the 1950's-era anthology series Studio One, its writer Reginald Rose, expanded it into a stage version in 1955, and wrote the Academy Award – nominated screenplay in 1957. In 2007, Twelve Angry Men was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
A young man is on trial for the first degree murder of his own father – a charge which carries a mandatory death sentence. As the curtain opens, the twelve men are instructed by the judge on the gravity of their deliberations, saying that if there is the slightest doubt in their minds as to the guilt of the defendant, they must acquit. Eleven members believe that the young man is guilty; one juror – Juror 8 – is not convinced, and asks the others to persuade him. The drama depicts a jury forced to reconsider its nearly unanimous decision by the single dissenter who sows a seed of reasonable doubt. Throughout their deliberations, the men do not even call each other by name – because they don't know their names. But as the deliberations go on, they learn more about each other than they ever bargained for.
The cast includes George Street veterans Jim Bracchitta (Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are), David Adkins (The Seafarer), Lee Sellars (The Subject Was Roses), David Schramm (GSP's The Seafarer and TV's Wings), Jonathan Hadary (Jolson Sings Again and Broadway's Gypsy) and John Bolger (Lips Together, Teeth Apart), as well as four-time Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman (City of Angels, Passion), Scott Drummond (Mother Courage and Her Children at La Jolla Playhouse), James Rebhorn (TV's Homeland and White Collar), Michael Sirow (the films Meskada, Union Square), Jonathan C. Kaplan (Broadway's Falsettos, The Diary of Anne Frank)Terry Layman (Twelve Angry Men on Broadway) and Andrew Nogasky (Brink! at Actors Theatre of Louisville).