Auditions Planned for SWOSU’s Twelve Angry Jurors

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Art, Communication and Theatre will hold auditions for the theatrical production of Twelve Angry Jurors on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7, on the Weatherford campus.

The cold-reading auditions are open to all SWOSU students—regardless of major—and will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre.

The three-act play was adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel.  It is based on the Emmy award-winning television movie--Twelve Angry Men—by  Reginald Rose. The play opens with an offstage judge’s voice revealing that a 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father; the charge is “murder in the first degree . . . premeditated homicide.”  

The jurors are then led to the jury room to deliberate. The guard leading the jurors into the room says, “He doesn’t stand a chance.”  Very quickly the audience is led to believe that this is going to be a quick verdict.  However, once the deliberation begins, it becomes clear that these jurors are not going to be able to reach a unanimous decision quickly or easily.  Through the process, the jurors become more and more invested in the case – eventually leading them to become more and angrier.  

For more information about the auditions, involvement in the production in any capacity, or to check out a script, please contact Jessica Salmans (technical director & designer) in Art Building 310, (580) 774-7046, jessica.salmans@swosu.edu; or Steve Strickler (director) in Art Building 308, (580) 774-3082, steve.strickler@swosu.edu.