Kitty cats are supposed to be adopted, not abducted. So when a man is accused of kidnapping a half dozen cats, he's charged and tried in a court of law, and now awaits a verdict from a jury of his peers.

A farcical comedy written by Ian McWethy, and directed by Judith Loftus, the Panhandle Players production of “12 Incompetent Jurors,” will be performed this Friday and Saturday night, April 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee, April 9, at 3 p.m., at the Chapman Auditorium, Hwy 98 and 14th Street, Apalachicola.

It's a simple open-and-shut case, even for a jury filled with oddballs, dimwits, obsessive compulsives, and other peculiar characters. Every scrap of evidence indicts the accused - a video showing him running off with the cats, eyewitness testimony, even the defendant's own confession. Case closed.

And yet, Juror #8, a wannabe lawyer, believes that the "Cat Burglar" is innocent. Will Juror #8 be able to sway the other jury members who are convinced of the accused's guilt and just want to get their deliberations over with and get out of there?

A hilarious parody of the courtroom drama “12 Angry Men,” this 90-minute play is a "laugh-filled, absurdist farce (that) indicts our willingness to be swayed by the most outlandish of arguments,” wrote the New York Times of the play.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at, or at the door. Box office at the Chapman opens one hour before curtain time. Access parking off the 14th Street entrance.

This event is funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.