Twelve Angry Men (or Twelve Angry Women or Twelve Angry Jurors)

Play

Writers: Reginald Rose Sherman L. Sergel

Plot

Act One

At curtain, the judge makes an announcement dismissing the jurors from the courtroom. The trial has been completed, and it is now time for the jury to decide whether the young man accused in the homicide of his father is guilty or not.

As the jurors file into their deliberation room, they feel the heat of summer’s impact on their small quarters. Jurors #7 and #12 are especially aware of the discomfort. The foreman, Juror #1, tries to get everyone organized. When the group finally settles, a preliminary vote on the issue at hand ensues. The vote is nearly unanimous: 11 jurors think the defendant is guilty. Only Juror # 8 disagrees. Before anymore talking can be done, an argument over the open window begins between Juror #7 and Juror #11, debating whether the breeze is annoying or not. The heat is clearly setting off people’s tempers, but the jurors eventually solve the issue by swapping seats.

Finally, with the issue of the window resolved, those who voted that the

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