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Description: "Nine/Twelve Tapes" (world premiere) script arranged by Leegrid Stevens from post-9/11 interviews, directed by Ryan Pointer. Cabaret Theater - Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00PM; Thursday, September 1 at 9:00PM; Friday, September 2 at 9:00PM; Saturday, September 3 at 7:00PM; Sunday, September 4 at 7:00PM. Running time: 90 minutes | Tickets $15.
While September 11, 2001 will forever be a day of national tragedy, September 12, 2001 was a day of national confusion, shock and fear. On that day and the days to follow, one young man grabbed a simple audio recorder and hit the streets - compelled to speak with strangers about the attacks. The resulting interviews have been re-created in the nine/twelve tapes just as they were recorded. Using analog equipment and an ensemble of actors, each of these accounts is brought to life with all the background noise and immediacy of those days intact. Equal parts time-capsule and public memoir, the nine/twelve tapes give voice to the national psyche and show us the start of our own recovery.
Leegrid Stevens' plays have been seen in downtown New York theatres such as HERE Arts Center, Lark Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Altered Stages, and Spring Theatreworks' Dumbo space as well as several theatres across the US and Europe. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Smith & Kraus, Stage Tribes, and by NY Theatre Experience. Plays include "The Dudleys!," presented at the Dream Up Festival and winner of Talkin' Broadway 2010 Citation for Outstanding New Play, "The Twelfth Labor," developed at the Lark Theatre's Playwright's Week, "Post-Oedipus," "Leda's Swan," "Echo's Longing," "Still Life With Runner" and "Theme & Variations." Stevens was named as one of the "People of the Year" by nytheatre.com in 2005 which caqlled him, "Indisputably one of the smartest and most innovative young playwright/directors working in New York's Indie theatre scene." He is a graduate of Columbia's School of the Arts. Ryan Pointer wants to bring this important project to the masses as we near the 10 year anniversary of 911. Originally from Texas, he has produced and directed a wide variety of projects there including acclaimed productions of Shakespeare's R&J by Joe Calarco, "Proof” by David Auburn, the dance musical "Swing!," Steve Martin's adaptation of "The Underpants" and "Amadeus" by Peter Shaffer.