9-11 play by Gallery 7 Theatre explores hope amidst tragedy

Drama features first-hand accounts of the 9-11 tragedy

The cast of 110 Stories

The cast of 110 Stories

Gallery 7 Theatre will present Sarah Tuft’s 110 Stories, a drama featuring first-hand accounts of the 9-11 tragedy as experienced by emergency responders and residents of New York City.

Presented as a unique ‘site-specific’ experience at The Reach Gallery, this is the final production of Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2014/2015 ‘Refined by Fire’ theatre season.

110 Stories are the tales of people who risked their lives to save those trapped in the towers or buried under the smouldering debris following their collapse. Through their first-person accounts, a story of hope, compassion and even humour surges from the ashes, culminating in a powerful and cathartic experience that celebrates the human capacity to rise above adversity.

“We’re experimenting with format for this powerful, yet inspiring production,” said Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre’s artistic director. “By presenting 110 Stories at The Reach, we’re attempting to create the feel of an emergency shelter or rescue command centre. We’ve taken away all the usual trappings of theatre such as fancy sets and costumes in order to bring focus to these incredible stories of courage and valour.”

Directing the play is Carissa Boynton. She will be recognized for her directorial work on such Gallery 7 Theatre productions as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Foreigner. The play will be performed by an ensemble of both new and veteran Gallery 7 Theatre performers, including Sue Backs, David Brenneman, John Dawson, Deradji Kaci, Rachel Mackenzie, Tom Matty, Brandon Motz, Shelley Picard, Nicole Provost, Gura Sidhu and Meghan Somerville. The technical manager for 110 Stories is Bryan Cutler, costume design and production photography is by Dianna Lewis and sound design is by Eli Funk.

The production will be stage managed by Carrie Brenneman.

110 Stories runs for two weeks only, May 1, 2, and 6 to 9 at 7:30 p.m. with discount matinees on May 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. at The Reach Gallery (32388 Veterans Way). Tickets for evening performances are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, $17 for groups of eight or more and $12 for children 12 and under.

Tickets for matinee performances are $15 and $12 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at House of James (2743 Emerson St.) at 1-800-665-8828 or 604-852-3701 or online at www.gallery7theatre.com.

Audiences are advised that there is some strong and course language contained in the play important to the honest portrayal of characters and events.