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12 Angry Men, Reginald Rose’s 1954 teleplay-turned-stage play, tells a story so universal, it feels timeless. Set in the deliberation room as a group of jurors tries to land on a verdict in a homicide case, the play has been staged in theaters from Broadway to Northern Virginia’s American Century Theater, which, in its 1995 debut season, was the first theater to produce it. Now, as American Century prepares to close for good, it takes a final pass at this stirring judicial drama and invites back a dozen actors who have performed at the theater over the past two decades. Five of the 12 actors in this production appeared in the inaugural production, though all but one will take on a different role, so expect informed performances that don’t feel stale. Now that CNN reporters interview nearly as many jurors from high-profile cases as defendants, take this chance to reflect on a simpler time, and be glad you’re not the one deliberating. The play runs July 17 to Aug. 8 at Gunston Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. $32–$40. (703) 998-4555. americancentury.org.