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'Twelve Angry Men' Adapted on Stage

Poster of the playPoster of the play

An adaptation of the drama 'Twelve Angry Men' written by the American film and TV writer Reginald Rose (1920-2002) is on stage at Paliz Theater in Tehran.

Titled 'Twelve', the play is directed and produced by Javad Khorsha who believes "it is one of the best scripts in the history of drama," Honaronline quoted him as saying.

The play was initially broadcast as a television show in 1954. The following year it was adapted for the stage and in 1957 was made into a highly successful film by director Sidney Lumet in which Henry Fonda starred. Since then it has been given numerous remakes, adaptations, and tributes.

It concerns the deliberations of the jury of a homicide trial. At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt.

"Judgment forms the central theme and the fact that to what extent decisions can be based on logic or feeling," Khorsha said.

As the director said, the play has had many performances across the globe. In the adaptation, he has approached the psychological aspects of the characters, and to create a closer contact with the audience, "we did not follow the structure of the film and tried to focus on the ideas that we inserted in the play".

Most of the 12 actors playing in 'Twelve' are members of 'Thing' theater group who, although young, have had previous experience on stage. "In the future, they certainly have a lot to offer," Khorsha added.

The play will be staged through December 5 at No. 69, Sepand Avenue, Azodi St., Karimkhan-e-Zand Street.

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