jason george*TWELVE ANGRY MEN  starring Jason George will play November 5 – December 1, 2013, with a press opening night on November 10, at 5:00 p.m.

ThePasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.  On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visitwww.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

TWELVE ANGRY MEN unfolds in a New York City courtroom on a sweltering August evening in 1955 as a jury files into a deliberation room.  They are tasked with determining the verdict in a murder case in which a young man is accused of killing his father.  The young man faces the death penalty if found guilty.  These dozen nameless men find themselves in the role of potential executioner, but first they must face themselves, their biases and their own sense of justice. What starts as an open-and-shut case soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama as each juror begins to question how he should cast his vote.

First created as a 1954 teleplay for the Studio One anthology television series, TWELVE ANGRY MEN aired as a CBS live production on September 20, 1954. The following year, Rose adaptedTWELVE ANGRY MEN as a stage play.  In 1957 it was rewritten again as a feature film and directed by Sidney Lumet.  Starring Henry Fonda, the film received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.  Over the years, the play has received several noted revivals including a 2004 Broadway production starring Boyd Gaines and Philip Bosco and a 2007 US national tour starring George Wendt and Richard Thomas.  And in 1997, TWELVE ANGRY MEN returned to the small screen in a new adaptation directed by William Friedkin, which included some modernizations to the script and a cast led by George C. Scott and James Gandolfini.

12 angry men posterJason George stars as one of 12 Jurors in the cast of 6 black men and 6 white men. He is bringing the role of Juror Eight to life in the groundbreaking production directed by Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. Also featured in the production is Clinton Derricks Carroll, Scott Lowell, Gregory North, Barry Pearl, Robert Picardo, Adam J. Smith, Jacques C. Smith, Bradford Tatum, Adolphus Ward, Ellis Williams and Jeff Williams.

Jason George is an actor with over fifty guest star and eight series regular television roles to his credit.   Originally, George and his mentor—a Virginia Supreme Court Justice—had mapped out a career path in law.  However, a college friend coaxed him into taking an acting class where he discovered his true calling on the stage.  The career change paid off when George beat out 14,000 hopefuls in a nationwide search and landed his first major acting job on Aaron Spelling’s SUNSET BEACH.  Most recently seen on GREY’S ANATOMY as Bailey’s love interest, Dr. Ben Warren, Jason is also a regular on the new ABC series MISTRESSES with Alyssa Milano as well as being featured on Lifetime’s new series WITCHES OF EAST END.  George is also known for his work on EVE and ELI STONE with Victor Garber and Jonny Lee Miller or films such as THREE CAN PLAY THAT GAME, THE CLIMB or BARBERSHOP with Anthony Anderson and Ice Cube.

A classically trained theater actor, George starred in U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove’s epic drama, THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH.  The play relocates Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX to the plantation south in 1820 and received accolades from The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter.

When not on stage or in front of the camera, George’s passion turns to educating and engaging with other artists and young people.  He has lectured, hosted panels, or given keynote and commencement speeches for many at-risk youth groups, schools and universities such as The University of Virginia, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Philadelphia’s Youth Study Center, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and The Paley Center for Media (fka The Museum of Television and Radio).

After receiving a BA from the University of Virginia, George went on to get his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Temple University and sits on the Board for Temple’s School of Communications and Theater.  However, George has spent much of his free time in support of his fellow actors by serving on the Frank Nelson Memorial Sick and Benefit Fund as well as the National Boards of both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists—now merged into SAG-AFTRA.  He is the chair of the union’s National Diversity Advisory committee, Co-Chair of the Hollywood EEO Committee and has been part of the unions’ negotiating team for the last several prime-time television and film contracts where he has been instrumental in helping protect performers and championing diversity.  Jason George is extremely pleased to put all of this experience to work in COLLABORATIONS WORKSHOP, a weekly workspace he hosts for actors to further their craft and their career. (www.collaborationsworkshop.com)


Linda Stewart
It Is Done Communications
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