Cold Reads

Drama adapted by Sherman Sergel. Based in the Emmy award-winning television voice by Reginald Rose.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for he fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as he leads the jurors off to deliberate. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We have nothing to gain or lose in our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat us born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become 12 angry jurors. The final verdict and how it is reached—in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to an exceptional piece of dramatic literature.

Juror 11 requires a European accent.

Parts are open to men and women.

Performance dates are April 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20


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