Partners for the PAC are excited to be sponsoring the play Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sheila Shaffer. Performances are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday March 11 & 12; 3:00 pm Sunday March 13, and 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19. The play features many of your favorite local actors: Joseph Oyala, Don Conner, Ryan Hull, Frank Jagodnik, Richard Bowman, Ben Van Osdol, Bob Goldberg, David Sweeney, James Dott, Thomas Berdine, Bill Honl, Bill Ham and Rich Mays with a special voiceover by the Honorable Paula Brownhill of the Clatsop Circuit Court.
Twelve Angry Men is a powerful, riveting and timely courtroom drama adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel based on the 1954 teleplay of the same title for the CBS Studio One anthology television series by Reginald Rose, it was made into a highly successful film in 1957 starring and produced by Henry Fonda. The drama depicts a jury considering a homicide trial. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts, causing reasonable doubt. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men.
Sheila Shaffer has been directing on the coast for over 10 years. She is a veteran both on stage and off and holds a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked with community and nonprofit theaters, on and off, for over 30 years. For the last 14 years most of her work has been at the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. A few of the past 11 Coaster Theatre productions she has directed include ‘Night, Mother, The Sound of Music, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, Anthony Shaffer’s Whodunnit, Dixie Swim Club and Scrooge: The Musical, and this year’s upcoming holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Coaster Theatre. A few other sundry directing credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room and this year’s AAUW Readers Theater production of Visiting Mr. Green. You may have seen Sheila on stage, as well, in past Coaster shows which include Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Grace in Bus Stop, Christine in Mixed Emotions, and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. A few additional acting credits include Thelma in ‘Night Mother, Children of a Lesser God, and Tennessee William’s Suddenly Last Summer.
Sheila is truly excited and honored to be directing Twelve Angry Men at Astoria’s Performing Arts Center. “I am thrilled to be able to help bring theater back to the PAC and the Astoria community! With Astoria being a judicially charged center for the coast I’m sure Twelve Angry Men will resonate with many in our community and I look forward to sharing this classic courtroom drama.”
The Performing Arts Center is a hub of cultural activity at CCC and throughout Astoria and the North Coast region. The Partners have been engaged in raising funds to keep the PAC open and operating for affordable cultural and performing events since 2012, through an agreement with Clatsop Community College.