PLAYWRIGHT GERALD MURPHY TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY
TWELVE ANGRY TEACHERS
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY AND WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
A: I worked as a high school English teacher and drama coach for over thirty years in Northern California. Most of the characters in this play are composite sketches of students, teachers, and administrators I have come across during my career. My school actually put on "Little Shop of Horrors," a very successful production, I might add. And I must give some credit here to writer Reginald Rose and his 1957 production of "Twelve Angry Men," a show that opened the eyes of many in America to the problem of racial prejudice and profiling.
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