Quaker Meeting House | Nantucket | MA
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Cross Examining Prejudice

Quaker Meeting House | Nantucket | MAThe Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), in partnership with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN), present a staged reading of Twelve Angry Women on Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25, 2015, at 7 pm in the NHA’s Quaker Meeting House, 7 Fair Street.

Based on Reginald Rose’s iconic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men (originally written as a teleplay for CBS in 1954), Twelve Angry Women is about the deliberation of a female jury over a homicide trial. At the beginning, all the jurors are in agreement on a guilty verdict until one lone member, “Juror #8,” poses the question of reasonable doubt, creating one of the most compelling trial stories ever to take the American stage.

“We are very excited to be highlighting the historic Quaker Meeting House with the Nantucket community and our friends at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “This historic property provides an intimate, evocative backdrop to a seminal piece of American theater, and we can’t wait to see it come to life through the talented
actors of the TWN.”

“Theatre Workshop of Nantucket is delighted to present a re-envisioned take on the classic Twelve Angry Men this fall with the NHA,” says Justin Cerne, TWN Artistic Director. “Ever relevant, Twelve Angry Women will challenge viewers and provoke insight for a new generation of audience members.”

Constructed by the Society of Friends as a school in 1838, the Quaker Meeting House is the island’s last surviving meeting house. Purchased from the Friends by the NHA in 1894, it was used as the association’s first museum until the fireproof building was erected on Fair Street, now the NHA Research Library. In the 1940s, Quakers on Nantucket formed a worship group and began to meet informally once again in the meeting house. Space in this historic site is limited. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.nha.org/tickets or by calling 508-228-1894.