Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 06:00 AM

'12 Angry Jurors' presented by Desert Opera Theatre

'Jurors' features four Tehachapi actors

American playwright Reginald Rosehad originally penned "Twelve Angry Men" for television. Drawing from his own reluctant experience to serve on jury duty quickly changed his thinking upon walking into a courtroom, facing a man on manslaughter charges, whose fate was now in Rose's own hands.

Influenced by thoughts and the "absolute finality" of the juror's decision he realized that no one other than the jurors had any idea of what went on in a jury room. Commenting on his own impression he wrote, "a play taking place entirely within a jury room might be an exciting and possibly moving experience for an audience."

The result of this an intricate and focused play in which eleven jurors decide that the defendant in a murder trial is absolutely guilty, and only one juror stands up differently for what he feels is justice, and he attempts to convince his fellow jurors to his view of this.

This play, by Reginald Rose, and directed by James A. Goins, is also of note to locals as four of Tehachapi's own resident actors portray prominent roles in this performance. Eric Leiss, Cindy Lawler, Opal Lawler, and Rick Gould have all dilligently rehearsed their roles, and are receiving rave reviews from audience goers.

Remaining dates and showtimes for this play will be Friday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28 and 29, 2 and 8 p.m. Desert Opera Theatre performances are at the Phoenix Theatre, 1122 West Ave. L-12 #107, in Lancaster, CA. Tickets are $15-$20 and are available online at, or at the door.

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