Twelve Angry Men (2004) Production Files

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Identifier: 12ANGRYMEN2004
Inclusive Dates: 2004 - 2005
Production Files documenting the 2004 production of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men at the American Airlines Theatre.  Directed by Scott Ellis, with set design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Paul Palazzo, sound design by Brian Ronan, and original compositions by John Gromada.

The production featured Matte Osian as the Guard and Mark Blum, Kevin Geer, Philip Bosco, James Rebhorn, Michael Mastro, Robert Clohessy, John Pankow, Boyd Gaines, Tom Aldredge, Peter Friedman, Larry  Bryggman and Adam Trese as Jurors 1 - 12; all the actors have equal billing.  Karl Kenzler, Terry Layman, and Guy Paul were understudies.

2005 Awards:
Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Actor in a Play, Philip Bosco (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Direction of a Play, Scott Ellis (nominee)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play (winner)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Philip Bosco (nominee)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Play, Scott Eliis (nominee)
"In 'Twelve Angry Men,' a young delinquent awaits sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father.  Twelve jurors are corralled in a room for their deliberations in a murder trial.  One juror feels that there is a 'reasonable doubt'--to the frustration of his eleven colleagues--thereby preventing a quick verdict.  During the heated debate, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed.  When faced with playing the hangman, each juror is forced to face himself.

"'Twelve Angry Men,' originally written as a teleplay that appeared in 1954 on CBS' drama series 'Studio One,' was one of the brightest jewels of television's Golden Age. The story was subsequently made into a major motion picture in 1957 [directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda].  Reginald Rose, who would go on to create and write scripts for the television series, 'The Defenders,' wrote a stage version in 1964."   --Roundabout press release
Production Files span two Hollinger boxes consisting of 23 folders, 3 Playbills, marketing flyers, the cast/family photo, and five amateur snapshots of the set with and without actors on it (two with film negatives stapled to them).  There are also three photo prints of a color pastel drawing of the 12 characters in the juror's room, which appears to have been created as promotional material for the production.  The drawing may not have been used for the American Airlines production, but there is a related use agreement folder in the "Twelve Angry Men" tour files.

Digital holdings include the following folders:
Costume Sketches (includes costume study sketches, fabric swatch digital image and measurement sheets)
Education (contains study guide)
Management (digital copies of contacts, backstage memos and director's notes--may be restricted access)
Marketing (advertising image)
Media (mp3 files of interviews with Allen Moyer, Michael Krass, and Scott Ellis; also press kit, radio spots, and XM Satellite clips)
Opening Night Gift (jpeg image of an engraved gavel)
Performance Reports (Word .doc files of some reports)
Playbill (20 jpeg scans)
Press (video file and select Archive-scanned press)
Production Photographs (captioned selects only)
Show Art
Tour (exterior, marquis and lobby photographs from each tour location, as well as actor selects of George Wendt and Richard Thomas.  Also video clips of commercials and the tour poster)

There is a related collection of marketing materials on the Marketing shelves.   Contracts have been removed and housed in the Contracts cabinets; these are confidential and access is restricted.  There is also a hard copy of the poster on the Poster shelves.
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only. See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: Twelve Angry Men 2004, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive
Related Staged Production

Twelve Angry Men

This box contains the following folders:
Author Agreement
NYPL Taping
Opening Night
Set Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Incidental Music
Lighting Design
Talk Backs
House Seats
Awards and Tony Voters
Education and Publications
This box contains the following folders:
Casting Submissions (2 folders)
Ticket Services
Rehearsal Reports
Performance Reports
House Reports
Opening Night Script