Spotlight Players is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Twelve Angry Jurors” on Saturday, February 23, from 10 am to 1 pm and Tuesday, February 26, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Co-directors Cassie Leonard and Chelsea Leonard are seeking men and women, ages 18 and up, to portray the jury members in Reginald Rose’s classic drama. The show is a heightened courtroom thriller that powerfully explores what it means to live in a democracy.

On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father.  The jury votes 11-1 that the man is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all 12 jurors in order to pass judgment.  Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the one dissenter to come around to their side.  As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of “reasonable doubt.” 

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Matawan, Route 34 and Franklin Avenue. Prospective actors will be asked to do a cold reading from the script. Performance dates are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 pm and May 19 at 3 pm. For more information, call 732-583-7874.

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