LIMA — Encore Theatre has the chance to show off its acting chops with its current play on the bill.
This weekend will be the closing weekend of “12 Angry Jurors,” adapted by Sherman L. Sergel based on the Emmy award-winning television movie “12 Angry Men” by Reginald Rose.
“The thing about this play is that people are familiar with it, but what keeps it relevant and why it keeps being performed and why people are always interested in it is because the underlying meaning is still true,” said first-time Encore director Sarah Glover-Crawford. “We have 12 people whose whole job is to judge and 11 of them come in already feeling like they know the verdict. That is relevant for us today because we often judge a headline or a meme, we see one little piece of it and we’re like ‘Oh, that’s true or not true,’ that sort of thing.”
The title notoriety and challenge of a drama brought out one of Encore’s best audition turnouts with about 30 for the cast of 12.
“This is a really great cast. I have some new cast members, some experienced cast members and faces you’ll definitely recognize,” Glover-Crawford explained. “It’s a chance for our audience to see us in a new light they usually don’t, which is drama. There are some comedic elements, but we get to see how good our actors really are. Comedies are wonderful and important, and they are another part of the human story, but dramas really speak to the scope of the human experience.”
• If you are looking for a more light-hearted show to balance out your theater experience, Van Wert Civic Theatre will present “Leaving Iowa,” a show about the classic family vacation in a car, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.