A group of high school students went to Jaraguá Theater (in Novotel Jaraguá, at 71, Martins Fontes street, São Paulo downtown) to see the play "Doze Homens e Uma Sentença". The play is a drama written by Sidney Lumet, an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit.
The play is adapted from Lumet's film "12 Angry Men" (1957), It's the story of a dozen individuals, in a New York City courthouse, who are in charge of reaching a verdict. The defendant is a teenager boy who is accused of stabbing his father to death and the decision of convicting or absolving him must be unanimous. The conflict begins when one of the twelve jurors (this character is played by the actor Norival Rizzo) is not so sure about the defendant's guilt and it's exactly because of it that he is the dissonant vote of the group who has already decided by condemnation. Little by little, the juror number 08 presents convincing arguments that make all the other jurors rethink their position.
In 1997 a remake of the film under the same title was released by MGM and in 2007 "12 Angry Men" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally and historically significant.
At the end of the play, the students had the opportunity of meeting the actors and they kindly talked and gave autographs to our group. Under the direction of Eduardo Tolentino Araújo the play debuted on November, 19th 2010 and based on our group's opinion, it's highly recommended!
Post Question: For the students (or anyone else), who saw the play, the movie or read the script:
- If you were one of the jurors, what would be your vote, in the beginning of the deliberation?
- If you were one of the jurors, based on your personality, which one would you be? Why?