GAB Studio. May 14 and 15, 2011. 5:00 p.m.
In the fall of last year, Krane, Inc. and New Light Foundation, Inc. decided that they wanted to honor the upcoming 10th anniversary of September 11th. However, the companies did not want to show the over-exposed images of the towers crashing down all over again; they also did not want to hit audiences over the head with material they were already de-sensitized to.
Instead, the companies sent out a call to writers, asking them to submit shorts about the issues that arose post 9/11; in other words, the issues we grapple with today and have been grappling with for a decade. The writers were asked to not mention the Trade Towers, or September 11th; to not mention 9/11 or Ground Zero, or any of the other names that arose out of the space left behind.
The result was an influx of scripts from all over the United States, which were then judged by a panel of writers, directors, and actors. From these submissions, seven were selected. These are the shorts that comprise Who Could Have Predicted? Comedy and Dramedy that delves into the depths of Reality TV; the constant flow of electronic news-feeds; airport security; identity; immigration; and just plain sex.
“What we found was really interesting. There was a lot of comedy submitted, which is fascinating – the results didn’t produce dramatic tomes of disaster, but just the opposite. I think that says something about the power of comedy to tackle serious subjects and twist our brains around in a way that makes us look at old ideas and situations in a new light,” says Vanessa Garcia, Founding Artistic Director of Krane, Inc.
“Who Could Have Predicted? is an innovative leap into the present reflecting our post 9-11 world – encompassing a weave of plays from gifted national playwrights whose writings all transcend the current conflicts of our time resulting in an important yet comedic night of theater,” says Wendy White, Co-Founder of the New Light Foundation, Inc.
Who Could Have Predicted?
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