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Twelve Angry Men, The Original Legal Drama
Twelve Angry Men, The Original Legal Drama

AIR DATE: June 12, 2013

Approximately half the country has been obsessively watching the Jodi Arias trial in Arizona. Two years ago, the nation was transfixed by Casey Anthony. But the original courtroom drama was first produced in 1954, a teleplay written by Reginald Rose. And now "Twelve Angry Men" will play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The director and a lawyer will discuss what the  play tells us about the criminal justice system -- and American society.


David Ivers, Artistic Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival

Leon Mead, attorney, Snell and Wilmer

The cast of Sidney Lumet's 1957 film "Twelve Angry Men" featured the great character actors of the day, including Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee Cobb, Jack Warden and Jack Klugman.

"Twelve Angry Men" wasn't produced on Broadway until 2004. The Roundabout Theater Company production ran for 228 performances. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

A production still from Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2013 staging of "Twelve Angry Men."

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