Hey Bailiff! Twelve Angry Men in Historic Franklin Courthouse

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You've seen 12 angry men in the Williamson County Courthouse before, but this time you won't be led away in handcuffs. Studio Tenn, the troupe that calls the sparkling renovated Franklin Theatre home, announced its five-show 2012-13 season yesterday with a ritzy kickoff event. Topping the attractions is a setting-authentic production of Reginald Rose's pressure-cooker jury-deliberation drama Twelve Angry Men in Franklin's historic 1858 courthouse.

The rest of the schedule is devoted to big-ticket musical fare such as My Fair Lady, Big River and Smokey Joe's Cafe, with a production of A Christmas Carol timed to coincide with Franklin's lavish Main Street Christmas festivities. For now, though, the troupe is readying its production of The Sound of Music for a May 31 opening.

Also, congrats to the artist who found a way to incorporate images representing each play into one clever poster design. Press release after the jump.

Studio Tenn Theatre Company Announces Five-Show 2012-2013 Season

Live Reveal on Franklin Theatre Stage Features Sneak Peek Performances

Franklin, Tenn. (4/17/2012)—Studio Tenn Theatre Company today announced its lineup of shows for 2012-2013 from the Franklin Theatre stage via a series of sneak peek live performances before an audience of media and the public.

The expanded five-show season will include musicals Smokey Joe's Cafe, Big River, My Fair Lady and holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol live on the Franklin Theatre stage. In addition, a fall production of the classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men will be staged at the historic Williamson County Courthouse, erected in 1858.

"We are so thrilled to be returning to the beautiful and historic Franklin Theatre with four productions this season, including three full-blown musicals," said Studio Tenn's Managing Director Jake Speck. "Franklin and Williamson County has demonstrated time and again their love for music and history." The two converge, Speck said, in "Big River," "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and "My Fair Lady." "We are also very excited at the prospect of taking our work beyond the walls of the theater—yet still in downtown Franklin—with 'Twelve Angry Men' at the historic courthouse."

Artistic Director Matt Logan said part of the nonprofit theatre company's overall artistic vision is to continually think outside the box. "Studio Tenn specializes in reinventing classic productions," said Logan. "We always select shows that are generally beloved and have stood the test of time—'My Fair Lady' and 'Twelve Angry Men,' for example, are among the most popular productions of all time—but it is also our artistic promise to bring something new and different to the interpretation. We want you to see these shows like you've never seen them before."

2012-2013 season tickets will be made available for purchase through a special pre-sale during Studio Tenn's upcoming run of “The Sound of Music,” May 31-June 17. At each performance of "The Sound of Music," patrons will have the opportunity to purchase 2012-2013 Season Tickets at the Box Office in advance of the public on sale date. Remaining season tickets will go on sale to the public online at FranklinTheatre.com and at the Franklin Theatre Box Office on Wednesday, June 20 at noon.

Tickets for May 31-June 17 performances of "The Sound of Music" are on sale now at FranklinTheatre.com.

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