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Review: Averitt Center to stage 12 Angry Jurors
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Juror 3, portrayed by Brooks Adams, right, has a showdown with Juror 8, portrayed by Susan Jackson, as the cast rehearses for the Averitt Center for the Arts presentation of "12 Angry Jurors." - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

If you go
    “12 Angry Jurors” will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

    For Averitt Center members, adult tickets are $11 and youth tickets are $10. For nonmembers, adult tickets are $13, and youth tickets are $10.

    Tickets can be purchased by calling the Averitt Center box office at (912) 212-2787 or at averittcenterforthearts.org.

    The intriguing drama of a jury’s journey to a unanimous verdict is coming to Statesboro’s Emma Kelly Theater this weekend.
    Performed by the Averitt Stars, “12 Angry Jurors” is about everyday people who are forced to face their personal discriminations against a defendant while on jury duty.
    “Jurors” is based on the well-known play and film “12 Angry Men.” It centers on the evolving debate in the jury room as jurors face peer pressure to consider reasonable doubt in the trial of a young man accused of killing his father. “Jurors” also features female characters including the protagonist, played by local actress Susan Jackson. Jackson most recently appeared in “9 to 5” — which the Averitt Stars performed last summer — as the office lush, Margaret.
    “There were 11 votes for guilty. It’s not so easy for me to raise my hand and send a man off to die without talking about it first.”
    This line, spoken by Jackson as Juror No. 8, comes early in the performance. Thereafter, the notion of reasonable doubt in the murder case lingers and is emphasized near the end of the play when she passionately declares, “There is doubt, doubt, doubt!”
    Another of the talented cast members is Bulloch County Attorney Jeff Akins, who plays Juror No. 4.
    “Regarding my own life, I'm a lawyer, so I'm obviously interested in the judicial process,” Akins said. “However, I've never actually served on a jury, so serving as a juror in a stage production is a totally new experience for me.”
    And it might be a new experience for the audience.
    “ ‘12 Angry Jurors’ is a departure from our usual community theater fare,” Akins said. “Whereas we usually perform musicals or comedies, this play is a straight drama with very little, if any, comedic element. I think people should come see it because it’s a powerful drama that will both entertain and provoke thought, and it’s just something different from what we normally do.”
    Jackson added: “This play certainly gives us insight into how our judicial system works, as well as the seriousness of making decisions when talking about someone’s life. I think it is a good lesson in how a final verdict can and should be reached. A jury’s job should not be taken lightly.”
    Directed by John Gleissner and sponsored by the Johnson Firm P.C., Attorneys and Counselors at Law, “12 Angry Jurors” will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For Averitt Center members, adult tickets are $11 and youth tickets are $10. For nonmembers, adult tickets are $13, and youth tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Averitt Center box office at (912) 212-2787 or online at averittcenterforthearts.org.

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