Auditions Announced for TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Merit Theatre Company

MTC_logoDirected by Leah Perry and Kaitlyn Iocco

  • Friday, June 11, 7–9pm
  • Saturday, June 12, 6–9pm

Please prepare a monologue chosen from THIS LIST. Bring a resume, recent headshot, completed AUDITION FORM, and list of conflicts between June 21–August 22. 

Please wear a mask and help us maintain social distancing.

Cast size: 13m

Looking for a wide range of ages and ethnicities.

Possible Callbacks (Save the Date): Monday, June 14, 7–9pm

Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will be held at First Baptist Church of Newport (801 York St, Newport, KY 41071).

Rehearsals will be held three nights weekly based on cast availability beginning the week of June 21. Because of the nature of the play, every cast member will be called to every rehearsal. We will take prior conflicts into account such as vacations, etc.

Performances will be held at the Anderson Center Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio (7850 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230) August 27–September 3, 2021.

Please contact us with any questions at , or if you would like to audition but have a conflict with the audition dates.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. How they reach their final verdict will keep you on the edge of your seat. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says one juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before.”

Characters

  • Foreman: He is a small, petty man who is impressed with the authority he has and handles himself quite formally. He is not overly bright, but dogged.
  • Juror No. Two: He is a meek, hesitant man who finds it difficult to maintain any opinions of his own. He is easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom he has spoken.
  • Juror No. Three: He is a very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated man within whom can be detected a streak of sadism. Also, he is a humorless man who is intolerant of opinions other than his own, and accustomed to forcing his wishes and views upon others.
  • Juror No. Four: He seems to be a man of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents himself well at all times. He seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. His only concern is with the facts in this case and he is appalled with the behavior of the others.
  • Juror No. Five: He is a naive, very frightened young man who takes his obligations in this case very seriously but who finds it difficult to speak up when his elders have the floor.
  • Juror No. Six: He is an honest but dull-witted man who comes upon his decisions slowly and carefully. He is a man who finds it difficult to create positive opinions, but who must listen to and digest and accept those opinions offered by others which appeal to him most.
  • Juror No. Seven: He is a loud, flashy, glad-handed salesman type who has more important things to do than to sit on a jury. He is quick to show temper and equally quick to form opinions on things about which he knows nothing. He is a bully, and, of course, a coward.
  • Juror No. Eight: He is a quiet, thoughtful, gentle man—a man who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. He is a man of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, he is a man who wants justice to be done, and will fight to see that it is.
  • Juror No. Nine: He is a mild, gentle old man, long since defeated by life, and now merely waiting to die. He recognizes himself for what he is, and mourns the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without shielding himself behind his many years.
  • Juror No. Ten: He is an angry, bitter man—a man who antagonizes almost at sight. He is also a bigot who places no values on any human life save his own. Here is a man who has been nowhere and is going nowhere and knows it deep within him.
  • Juror No. Eleven: He is a refugee from Europe. He speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the people around him. He will honestly seek justice because he has suffered through so much injustice.
  • Juror No. Twelve: He is a slick, bright advertising man who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls, and has no real understanding of people. He is a superficial snob, but trying to be a good fellow.
  • Guard: Any age​

TWELVE ANGRY MEN produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. 

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