MTA's "Twelve Angry Women" opens Nov. 11

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) will produce a play entitled “Twelve Angry Women” on Nov. 11, 12 and Nov. 17-19 at the Phoenix Theatre in Monticello.

This drama, written by Reginal Rose and directed by Carrie Brocksmith, involves the jury deliberation of a 19-year-old boy who has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father.

“He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. 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 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 is born before their own eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry people.

The jurors’ final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats.

Ted Nowlin is assistant director for the production, which will show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 17 and 18 with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Sundays, Nov. 12 and 19.

Questions about tickets may be directed to Lana Ross at 217-762-2679 or by emailing.

The cast for “Twelve Angry Women” includes:

Foreman – Rita Schulte

Jurors – Johnalene Radek, Lisa Richter, Kelly Barbour-Conerty, Nicki Grubaugh, Victoria Wolf, Tanya Williamson, Kari Keating, Marilyn Bruce, Kelly Nowlin, Amanda Orwick and Rachel Houska

Guard – Marcey Goldstein

Judge – Angela Schneider



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