Henderson-Davis Players present Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry People

Thursday, April 12, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The Henderson-Davis Players of South Carolina State University will present Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry People, April 17-22, at 8 p.m. each evening in the Henderson-Davis Theatre on the university campus.

General admission is $6.00 and special group rates are available. All seats are reserved. For reservations or additional information, call the theatre box office at (803) 536-8571 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekend.

Twelve Angry People is a classic drama in three acts by Reginald Rose. The play tells the story of one juror who holds out against eleven others in deciding the guilt or innocence of a nineteen year old boy who is on trial for killing his father. The play debuted in 1954 on NBC. Three years later, Sidney Lumet transferred the play to a film starring Henry Fonda as the lone-wolf, juror number eight. Fonda later produced the film which earned him, Lumet, Rose and the film Oscar nominations. In 1964, Reginald Rose wrote a stage version of the play and many regional productions followed thereafter. The play has since paved the way for popular courtroom dramas such as Law & Order, and has influenced real court cases that are seen on Court TV. The original title of the play, Twelve Angry Men, has also been updated to accommodate female cast members.

Those in the SC State cast include: Michael Williams (Foreman), a junior dramatic arts major from Ridgeland, S.C.; Rachel Phillips (Juror Two) from Washington, D.C.; Patrick D. Brown (Juror Three), an electrical engineering major from Orangeburg, S.C.; Minerva C. Dantzler (Juror Four), a graduate student from Orangeburg, S.C.; Guillaume Gaither (Juror Five), a senior electrical engineering major from Columbia, S.C.; Charlotte Collins (Juror Six), a senior fashion merchandising major from Bennettsville, S.C.; Jessica Lesaine (Juror Seven), a math education major from Manning, S.C.; Melchizedek Elcock (Juror Eight), a senior dramatic arts major from Jersey City, N.J.; Joy Vaughn (Juror Nine), a sophomore dramatic arts major from Orangeburg, S.C.; Roosevelt Alonzo Samuel (Juror Ten), a senior dramatic arts major from Columbia, S.C.; Courtni L. Ages (Juror Eleven), a senior biology major from Charlotte, N.C.; Elijah T. Corley (Juror Twelve), a freshman dramatic arts major from Orangeburg, S.C.; and Andre Kennedy (Guard), a sophomore dramatic arts major from Timmonsville. S.C.

Twelve Angry People is directed by Frank M. Mundy, Director of Theatre. The scenic design and technical direction is by Robert A. Osei-Wusu, Technical Director. The lighting design is by Barry Sparks of Columbia, S.C.