SEPTEMBER 10 by Art Shulman

£6.00

A married couple with a young son is having marital difficulties in the aftermath of the terrorist events of planes crashing into the World Trade Center buildings.

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CHARACTERS

Note that actors can double on many of the roles, though the roles of Dan, Jodi, and Andy should not double, except as indicated below for Jodi and Andy.

 

THE FAMILY

DAN – Male, 40

JODI (also BILL BAKER’S WIFE) – Female, about the same age

ANDY (also MICHAEL BAKER) – Male, 11

ENSEMBLE

NEWSCASTER – Male, 40-55

SURVIVOR – Male, 26

WOMAN 1 – Female, 20-30

WOMAN 2 – Female, 20-30

FIREMAN – Male, 35

BUSINESSMAN – Male 55

ARAB-AMERICAN – Male, 35

NEW YORK STREET VENDOR – Male or female 25-65

CHURCHGOER – Female, 40

EVANGELICAL – Male or female 40-65

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR – Female, 50

TAGGER – Puerto Rican or Black male, 17

SPORTS REPORTER – Male, 50

STUDENT 1 – Male or female, 20

STUDENT 2 – Male or female, 20

INTERVIEWER – Male, 40

ISLAMIC SCHOLAR – Any age/gender (pretend to be male, 40)

PAKISTANI BUSINESSWOMAN – Female, 40

RED CROSS EXECUTIVE – Female, 45

 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2 productions so far, one in 2002, the other in 2011, both at Group Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA. A Zoom production is scheduled for September 11 of 2021.

 

REVIEWS

SEPTEMBER 10 Art Shulman’s meditation on how the events of September 11 touch one troubled family alternates scenes of domestic discord with re-enactments of the tragedy. Dan (Chris Winfield) is out of work and feeling a bit useless when his wife, Jodi (Jules Roenitz), confesses that she’s been unfaithful to him. This happens on the titular day, and the rest of the play is meant to show how the events of 9/11 affect the process of their reconciliation. But the personal story of Dan and Jodi, though well acted, feels like a distraction from the New York sequences rather than a complement to them. Not all of Shulman’s 9/11 vignettes work, but under Jack Kandel’s fluid direction, the supporting cast of eight create many moving tableaux. Two of the better scenes involve a quietly powerful Russ Riggins as a proud Arab-American encountering violent bigotry, and the subtly affecting Del Monroe as a sportswriter who temporarily loses his faith in his profession. The final moment is inspired, when to the tune of Neil Young singing “Imagine” the troupe remove their masks, one by one, hanging them on a representation of the Twin Towers and creating an evocative homage to those lost in the disaster. Group Repertory Theater, 10900 Burbank Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; indef. (818) 769-7529. (Terry Morgan)

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 110 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

 

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FEMALE CAST

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