Encore Theatre presenting ‘12 Angry Jurors’


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Juror 8, played by Mark Thomas, makes his case to the remaining jury members of why he believes the young man is innocent.

Juror 8, played by Mark Thomas, makes his case to the remaining jury members of why he believes the young man is innocent.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

Jurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict.

Jurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

Jurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “12 Angry Jurors”

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima

ADMISSION: Adults $15, seniors $12, students $10, 10 and under $8 at 419-223-8866, amiltellers.org or door.

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.”

Joe Suarez, Juror 11, and Marcy Stevens, Foreman, are both first-time actors with Encore and were inspired by the play to get involved.

“It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m an attorney so it kind of called to me,” Stevens said. “I don’t think I’m the type of person that would jump into a musical, that’s not really me. A comedy, maybe, but this is something more serious and it has a deeper meaning in my opinion. Having different types of plays will bring different people to the theater.”

Christopher Butturff, who plays the main antagonist of the show in Juror 3, has been in several Encore productions and even sits on the Board of Trustees. He was in “12 Angry Jurors” when Encore produced it in 2000 as Juror 11.

“Being in it this time, we have found even more dynamic levels of actors than the last time we did it,” he said. “While it is true that the big musicals do make a lot of money and bring people out, it’s the dramas that really helps to satisfy the actor base in this area when you have something you can really sink your teeth into, and it will engage the audience, pull them in and make them think about things that are going on in real life.”

• 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.

Juror 8, played by Mark Thomas, makes his case to the remaining jury members of why he believes the young man is innocent.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/03/web1_Encore3.jpgJuror 8, played by Mark Thomas, makes his case to the remaining jury members of why he believes the young man is innocent. Tara Jones | The Lima News
Jurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/03/web1_Encore6.jpgJurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict. Tara Jones | The Lima News
Jurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/03/web1_Encore8.jpgJurors interact with each other during a scene of high conflict. Tara Jones | The Lima News

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “12 Angry Jurors”

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima

ADMISSION: Adults $15, seniors $12, students $10, 10 and under $8 at 419-223-8866, amiltellers.org or door.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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