Deer Ridge inmates take on the roles of the jury in a homicide trial for the public production.

SUBMITTED POSTER - Deer Ridge Correctional Institution will put on a play July 14 and 15. Those hoping to attend need to turn in attendance requirements by May 30.The Central Oregon Community College Education Department at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution invites the public to enjoy a performance of "12 Angry Men."

The drama, written in 1954, is about the deliberations of a jury in a homicide trial. Inmates will give two performances, Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, at the prison at 3920 East Ashwood Road, Madras.

Although curtain time for each of the performances is set for 7 p.m., attendees must arrive between 6 and 6:30 p.m. in order to be processed to be permitted to enter. From 6:30-6:50 p.m., there will be a cookie reception and music.

In order to attend a performance, you must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check, which will be conducted at Deer Ridge. To request the form, send an email to Lani Sykes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call her at 541-504-2901. The form must be completed and returned by May 30. Sykes will also send driving instructions and the strict dress code for Deer Ridge.

There is no cost for the performances, but small donations will be accepted at the door. Donations will go toward future theatrical productions at Deer Ridge.

The production is offered thanks to the Jefferson County Cultural Coalition, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, and Central Oregon Community College.

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