This Fall, I went to see the Marist College Council on Theatre Arts(MCCTA) production of 12 Angry Jurors and it was AMAZING. The story is the same as 12 Angry Men (and if you haven’t seen the movie, you must!): one juror tries to convince an otherwise unanimous jury of a man’s innocence, and in doing so, the story stands to captivate the audience who is trying to decide the man’s innocence or guilt along with the other jurors.
You might be thinking: a play set in a jury room? BORING. But no, my friends, it was in fact the complete opposite of boring. My friends and I were on the edge of our seats the whole time! We even grabbed on to each other during a few dramatic scenes.
MCCTA is Marist’s theatre club on campus. It has five productions a year but their Experimental Theatre show is definitely my favorite. Sometimes they’ll put on dinner theater shows, other times it will be shows with experimental themes, and this year, for 12 Angry Jurors, they set the show in an experimental space and did a theatre-in –the-round. I had never seen a show done like that before and let me tell you—it was awesome. It made me feel like I was actually in the jury room sitting at the table with the other jurors. Plus, it was amazing to see how talented the actors were to be able to stay in character the whole time. Because the stage was set as a theater-in-the-round and because it was set in a jury room where jurors are not allowed to leave the room, the actors were on stage throughout the entire show with no breaks between scenes. I was truly amazed at their skill and their ability to keep me believing that I really was in a jury room.
– Amanda Urban
Class of 2013
All the shows at Marist are must-sees. If you want to see more information, check out their website at http://clubs.marist.edu/mccta/.
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