12 Angry Jurors performed in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — Is he guilty or isn’t he? That’s the central question in 12 Angry Jurors, a classic stage play being performed by Lincoln County’s Carriage House Players beginning this Thursday.

Written in 1954 by Reginald Rose, it’s a work that’s evolved from the stage to the television to the big screen. Audiences might recall the 1997 remake that starred Jack Lemmon, Mary McDonnel, Edward James Olmos, and James Gandolfini. The play revolves around an 18 year old defendant accused of murdering his father. If found guilty, he’ll lose his life in the electric chair. The jury must decide his fate … and all 12 must agree in order for justice to be served. The play examines the themes of conformity, persuasion, and takes a closer look at group think mentality.

The Fayetteville performance stars Dowel Burnett, Mike Steelman, Scott Wingard, Sonya Evans, Mickey Johnson, Anissa Webb, Henry Webb, Mary Ashley Webb, Craig Clemons, Brandi Barnes, Lonnie Ables, Katie Blackwood, and Tami Newcomb. It’s directed by Brenda Wilkes. Performances take place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (January 30 thru February 1) and again next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (February 6-8) at the Lincoln County Museum Theater. All performances are at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and may be bought in advance at Bagley & Bagley Insurance, Carter’s Drug Store, or The Flower House in Fayetteville. You may also purchase ticket by calling 931-433.1300. For up to the performance update, check out the Carriage House Players Facebook page. •

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Local stars in Much Ado About Nothing

Justin Lendley of Lynchburg and Laura Spears play Benedick and Beatrice in the Carriage House Players production of Much Ado About Nothing, which begins tonight. [Photo Courtesy of the Carriage House Players}

EVENTS | Fayetteville — Beginning tonight, the Carriage House Players will perform William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Lincoln County Museum Theatre in Fayetteville. One of Lynchburg’s own, Justin Lendley, will star as Benedick – a role played on Broadway by the great John Gielgud and on the big screen by Kenneth Branagh.

Set in Medina, a port city on the island of Sicily, the play tells the story of two couples Benedick and Beatrice as well as Claudio and Hero who have their romantic world turned upside down at a masked ball. It’s full of trickery, scheming, and witty banter and explores the themes of gender roles, infidelity, deception, and mistaken identity.

The play begins tonight and runs Thursday through Saturday on November 7-9 and 14-16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $8 for students. You can purchase tickets in Fayetteville at Bagley & Bagley Insurance, Carter’s Drug Store or The Flower House. You can also purchase by phone on the CHP Hotline 931-433-1300. For more information, visit the Carriage House Players Facebook page. •

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