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‘12 Angry Jurors:’ Story of prejudice comes to Staunton stage

Rebecca Barnabi
Courtesy of Silver Line Theatre Exchange.

The first all-Valley high school theater production by Silver Line Theatre Exchange will be of “12 Angry Jurors.”

First published in 1954 and written by Reginald Rose, “12 Angry Jurors” illustrates prejudice and bias in a jury deliberation room. Twelve jurors deliberate the case at the center of which is a teenager. A guilty verdict will sentence the teenager to death.

As one juror begins to shed doubt on the teenager’s guilt, personal issues arise and conflict threatens to derail the deliberation process.

The cast of “12 Angry Jurors” will include public, private and homeschool students in the Valley. The annual performance gives students an alternative to the musical theatre productions that most high schools focus on in the winter, and creates a broader theatre network among youth.

Silver Line, an education-led theatre company in downtown Staunton, offers classes and performance opportunities for students in grades PK-12.

Performances will be Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 5 at 4 p.m. at the Warehouse, 211 N. Lewis St., Staunton VA.

Tickets are available online.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.