17 January 2013

Kenya: U.S. Embassy Hosts the Play 'The Jury'

press release

The U.S. Embassy is proud to sponsor George Mungai's production of The Jury, based on the American theater classic Twelve Angry Men, which opens at the Phoenix Players' Theatre in the Professional Centre, Parliament Road on Friday, January 18th. Cultural Attaché Raymond Stephens will host a special opening-night performance of the play that will start at 7:00 p.m.

This award winning drama was written by Reginald Rose and first produced for American television in the 1950s, but is easily adapted to today's Kenya because of its themes of consensus-building, importance of the rule of law, and the value of diverse points of view. These themes resonate in Kenya as it faces a national election and further implements its new Constitution.

The Twelve Angry Men referred to in the title are the twelve members of a jury who must decide the guilt or innocence of a boy accused of murdering his father. At the beginning of the play, the jury has a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, each having their own reasons for discriminating against the defendant, including his race, social background, and their personal experiences. But as the story unfolds, seeds of doubt about the boy's guilt grow among the jurors, and they begin to see each others' points of view, which is one of the reasons The Jury contains a message for everyone.

The play runs at the Phoenix Players' Theatre through January 27.

Mr. Stephens will make some remarks before the show opens. Credentialed media are invited to cover this event and should be in place by 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Players' Theatre, Professional Center, Nairobi. For more information please contact Information Officer Christopher Snipes at snipesck@state.gov, or on 0708-285-200 or 363-6199.

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