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Amity High School to Present Play about Survivors of 9/11

Amity High School to Present Play about Survivors of 9/11

The Amity Creative Theater (ACT) at Amity High School is proud to announce that ticket sales have begun for its fall production of New York By David Rimmer. The show dates are December 5th and 6th 2014 at 8pm. General admission seats for ten dollars can be purchased through its website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com.

The play’s author, David Rimmer, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Album that opened to great success off-Broadway starring film star Kevin Bacon. New York was originally written to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping the overwhelming number of patients psychologically affected by 9/11. Depicting the reactions of 15 individuals to the events of that day, the characters all speak to a central psychiatrist. The play has been performed at theaters throughout New York, the United States and internationally to great acclaim. The New York Resident called the play “brilliantly written…a thought-provoking event avoiding the sentimental and capturing realistic portraits of how we’re all dealing with it…a touching exploration of the effects of September 11 on the lives of average New Yorkers”.

The Amity production is directed by theater teacher Rob Kennedy. When asked why he chose this production for his student actors, Kennedy said, “The oldest of the Amity Students were only four years old when the events of 9/11 occurred and the youngest ones were barely a year old. I think it’s an important learning opportunity for our school to talk about that time in our country’s history and how it changed all of us”. The cast and crew recently visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on a trip sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to get some perspective. The students had a special guided tour of the museum and spent time with New York’s playwright David Rimmer. When asked about experiencing the museum and memorial, Amity senior Ethan Smith who is playing a fireman named Tom O’Neil said, “It was an incredible experience. It really put a human face on the part I am playing. And meeting the author of the play was great too. We got to ask him questions about the play and the characters we are playing”. The cast and crew have been working on the show since early September and have been busy rehearsing and creating the technical elements of the play.

The play will also be shown during school hours to the entire Amity High School student body and the eighth grade classes from the two middle schools as part of our Spartan Seminar program. The students will view the play and then have discussions related to the topic afterward. Amity principal Charles Britton said, “The fall play gives us the opportunity to showcase the talent of our students, build a little school spirit and camaraderie, and capitalize on the “teachable moment” offered by the themes of the production. Our students were very young in 2001; we owe it to our nation to keep the memory of 9/11 alive”.

The Cast Includes Clara Gamsu, Addie Robbins, Ethan Smith, Kahari Blue, Yulia Faryna, Ryan Chizmadia, Alex Cavanagh, Kevin Durkee, Clara Stirling, George Grotheer, Emily Kilian, David Linet, Chris Cassella and Caroline Burkhart. The crew is led by Stage managers Megan Foley, Sage Saffran and Jacob Okolo.

For Information and tickets go to the ACT website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or call the box office at 203-392-2019. The ACT production has been made possible by a grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

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