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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject: THEATER PRODUCTION FOCUSES ON THE HUMANITY OF 9/11
From Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:00 am to Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:59 am (included)
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Theatrical presentation is inspired by actual 9/11 volunteer documents, collected by the writer who was a first responder the week of September 11, 2001.

PIECES OF PAPER - ASPIRATIONS OF 9/11, a theatrical multimedia meditation on the power of human compassion in action the week of September 11, 2001, is being prepared for the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2010, to honor volunteers and first responders everywhere, in the name of lost loved ones and our fallen heros.

Pieces of Paper strives to be a source of healing for all peoples everywhere affected by the attacks of September 11, 2001. By depicting the actions of grassroots volunteers that week, PoP hopes to inspire others to compassionate action in the name of our fallen heros and departed loved ones, as a way of never forgetting. As a non-profit venture, the production has plans to raise awareness and monetary support for September 11-community charities.

Conceived and directed by theater artist and 9/11 first responder Michael Simon Hall, a large ensemble of actors representing every walk of life take the audience on an emotional theatrical journey, using movement, video, text, and original music by internationally acclaimed composer Anton Batagov. This story of hope is inspired by actual handwritten documents created the week of 9/11 by grassroots volunteers at the Chelsea Piers Support Center in New York City.

The project was awarded a developmental residency at HERE, NYC, May 12 - 14, to work toward the goal of a fall production. The work in progress was developed prior in the fall of 2010, at the Neighborhood Playhouse and more recently at the Joyce Soho.

"The best way I can personally honor the compassionate action of so many was to create this theatrical experience," said writer-director Hall.

Pulitzer Award winning author Robert Olen Butler shed some light on the multidisciplinary nature of Hall's project, "Michael is a dynamic artist who does not limit himself to a particular form to realize his vision. He exhibits a sensitive intelligence and deep understanding. I couldn't imagine a more inspired or effective collaborator."

The impetous for the concept, the pieces of paper themselves, were collected by Hall on Sunday, September 16th, 2001, when the grassroots volunteer operation at Chelsea Piers was shut down by the Office of Emergency Management, and the hundreds of volunteers were sent home. These artifacts were featured at the New-York Historical Society in an exhibit called "Radical Hospitality", and have been on loan to the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

"At this time, I think it would be helpful for all of us focus on how we came together and worked as a dedicated group. It showed how capable we are of compassion, and that collectively we can overcome any obstacle. September 11 in a way was our finest moment." said Hall. "This is hopefully what Pieces of Paper will help illuminate."

For more information, contact 559-546-1050 piecesofpaper911@gmail.com
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