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“WTC View” staged reading Sept. 9-10 will commemorative 10th anniversary of 9/11

BOONE — To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University presents a staged reading of “WTC View” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 -10 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto directs and Appalachian students perform in the first offering of the academic year. Ticket prices begin at $6 per person. For more information, go to www.theatre.apstate.edu or call 828-262-3063.

In his first play, writer and filmmaker Brian Sloan gives a surprising and intimate glimpse of life in lower Manhattan during the strange days of September 2001.  “WTC View” is considered one of the best plays to date concerning the events of 9/11, depicting New Yorkers soldiering on under the weight of seemingly insurmountable grief.

The action centers on a SoHo resident’s encounters with the people who respond to his ad for a new roommate placed on Sept. 10, 2001.  “WTC View” chronicles the conversations among acquaintances and strangers that became a vital part of their post-9/11 bonding, recovery and emotional catharsis.

Director Kin-Yan Szeto guides her student actors and audiences to look at the events of 9/11 within both national and cross-cultural contexts. The stories told during this reading acknowledge despair and challenge in the face of traumatic narratives while affirming the theatre’s role in addressing social and political concerns.

Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office on Sept. 1-2, and Sept. 6-9 from 2 – 5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-3063 or online at www.theatre.appstate.edu/performances. Patrons may purchase tickets in person on the evening of the show starting one hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. curtain.  Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18).

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located in the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side.  The entrance faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building.  Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons, and the parking deck on Rivers Street.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a division of the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Its mission is to provide courses and programs leading toward liberal arts degrees and teacher certification, and the general student population with an opportunity for integrated learning through the arts. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program providing exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy to supports the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.

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Media contact:
Dawn Shepler-Hamilton,
828-262-8342 or sheplerhamiltonde@appstate.edu