‘12 Angry Man’, a theatre production of ‘Open Space Theatre’, will be staged on June 11, 2017 at Experimental Theatre Hall, BSA. The play is written by Reginald Rose and directed by M Arifur Rahman.
The play concerns the deliberations of the jury of a homicide trial. At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt.
The play starts in a courtroom where juries discuss about the case of 18 years old boy from a slum, on trial for supposedly stabbing his father to death. If juries cannot find any reasonable doubt; the boy will receive a death sentence.
In a preliminary vote, all jurors vote "guilty" except Juror 8, who argues that the boy deserves some deliberation. He questions the accuracy of the two witnesses and also the trial’s claim that the murder weapon, a common switchblade (of which he possesses an identical copy), is "rare” but he collects same copy from a shop. After a secret ballot, a new "not guilty" vote appears. They challenge the statements of witness through the logic and realistic view; then finally they make decision that the boy is not guilty although the witnesses give statements against the slum boy.