A young man has been charged with the murder of his own father. A guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence. The jury must decide.
Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Jurors begins with an eighteen year old boy, from a slum, who is on trial for the murder of his abusive father. A jury of twelve people is locked in the deliberation room to decide the fate of the young boy. If there is reasonable doubt, the boy is freed. If there is none, he dies. All evidence is against the boy and a guilty verdict would send him to his death. But the judgement must be unanimous.
Even before they begin a discussion, it is apparent that most of the jurors are certain the boy is guilty. One vote of not guilty opens Pandoras Box and a forced deliberation begins. Slowly, but surely, each member of the jury is forced to confront the facts on hand, open his/her mind to the possibilities that exist outside them and to examine and confront their own demons and prejudices.
12 Angry Jurors is an examination of many themes. Justice, social inequality, and social responsibility among them, but at its very heart, it is a damning exploration of a world that is too ready and too quick to accept explanations that are handed to them. Just because one is offered something, does not mean that one has to accept it. Especially when someones life, freedom or even reputation is at stake.
Brilliantly written, blindingly perceptive and deceptively subtle, 12 Angry Jurors forces you to remember that, at the end of the day, you are a human being. And you live in a world inhabited by other human beings.
is a part of the Hindu Theatre Festival