The Players Theatre will present a reading of the documentary play “nine/eleven” on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00pm. This 35 minute “play for voices” was written by local actor Linda MacCluggage in the weeks following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It was presented as part of the first anniversary commemoration in Connecticut. This will be the first time it has been presented in Florida.
It is compiled from first person accounts and news stories from various sources and incorporates some poems and literary excerpts as well. The evening will include special guest speaker, Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Tobias.
“I recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York where the names of the nearly 3000 victims are inscribed around the memorial pools – in the footprints of the original towers,” MacCluggage said. “Although I thought I didn’t want my play performed again, the visit to the memorial brought home to me the need to recall those who died as a way, in fact, to ‘reject death’ as Elie Weisel has described it.”
The play is dedicated to the memory of Juliana McCourt of New London, CT who was onboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second aircraft to hit the towers. Juliana was four years old and was on her way to visit Disneyland with her mother. The cast includes Jeffery Kin, Linda MacCluggage, Michael Phelan and Brooke Wagstaff.
Admission is free, but there is a suggested minimum donation of $5 to benefit the Sarasota County Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund. The Players requests that due to limited seating, reservations be made by calling the box office at 941-365-2494. For interviews please contact playwright Linda MacCluggage directly at 941-323-4200.