Directed by artistic director David Saint, performances will continue through April 8.
The cast will be headed by Jack Klugman and four-time Tony nominee Gregg Edelman with Jim Brachitta, David Adkins, Lee Sellars, David Schramm, Jonathan Hadary, John Bolger, Scott Drummond, James Rebhorn, Michael Sirow, Jonathan C. Kaplan and Andrew Nogasky.
“I am thrilled to be able to bring this timeless classic with such a talented and dynamic cast to New Brunswick," director Saint said in a statement. “I am doubly thrilled that Jack Klugman will be joining us for his third appearance at the Playhouse. He is the consummate actor, and being the only living remaining cast member of the original film, will add a whole other dimension to this production. In addition, I have always been impressed by the enormous warmth, intelligence and charisma that Gregg Edelman has brought to his many starring roles on Broadway over the years and feel certain that both he and Jack will lead this superb ensemble of actors to provide a thrilling evening in the theatre.”
"A young man is on trial for the first degree murder of his own father – a charge which carries a mandatory death sentence," according to production notes. "As the curtain opens, the twelve men are instructed by the judge on the gravity of their deliberations, saying that if there is the slightest doubt in their minds as to the guilt of the defendant, they must acquit. Eleven members believe that the young man is guilty; one juror – Juror 8 – is not convinced, and asks the others to persuade him. The drama depicts a jury forced to reconsider its nearly unanimous decision by the single dissenter who sows a seed of reasonable doubt. Throughout their deliberations, the men do not even call each other by name – because they don’t know their names. But as the deliberation goes one, they learn more about each other than they ever bargained for."
For tickets, which begin at $26.50, call (732) 246-7717 or visit GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of downtown New Brunswick.