Richard Thomas and Randle Mell from Twelve Angry Men


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"Theater at its best is always a mirror. It's a reflection of who we are."

Twelve Angry Men deals with issues of prejudice and fear of "the other" but also promotes the ideas of debate and reasonable doubt. The characters in the play argue opposing positions with plausible conviction, and the audience members are left to decide their interpretation of truth and fact, despite what others may believe.

In this podcast, part of the Power of Theater series, actors Richard Thomas (The Waltons) and Randle Mell (24) discuss performing in the stage version of Twelve Angry Men and how the play illustrates the power of one voice in a system designed to reward the collective majority. To view this 60 minute program in its entirety, visit

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