From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there. Based on interviews, this docu-play weaves together stories not shown on the news, from people we can relate to… a mother, photojournalist, ironworker, chiropractor and a homeless man who saved lives that day. Their unflinching, freaked-out and occasionally funny accounts take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in its aftermath. Remaining apolitical, 110 Stories memorializes September 11th by humanizing history to reveal our innate compassion.
110 STORIES has been performed by actors including Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, Catherine Curtin, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Noah Emmerich, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hawkes, Jessica Hecht, Jon Heder, Katie Holmes, Neal Huff, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Lawrence, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Katherine McPhee, James McCaffrey, Dash Mihok, Cynthia Nixon, Tonya Pinkins, Jeremy Piven, Jay O. Sanders, Susan Sarandon, Stelio Savante, Pablo Schreiber, Tony Shalhoub, Daniel Sunjata, D.B. Sweeney, Kathleen Turner, John Turturro, Ben Vereen and many other fine actors.
110 STORIES has been staged at The Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Town Hall where excerpts were included in “Brave New World: American Theater Responds to 9/11."
Directors have included Rudolf Buitendach, Barry Edelstein, Mark Freiburger and Gregory Mosher. Producers have included Andrew Carlberg, Eric Dean, Ethan Kogan, Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso, Samira Qureshi, Stelio Savante, Jessica Silvetti and David Urrutia.
110 STORIES was called a “must-see play” by examiner.com, with feature articles in vulture.com, the New York Post and Gothamist.
110 STORIES was profiled in David Levin's A&E Bio special, “When Pop Culture Saved America," which included James McCaffrey, Daphne Rubin-Vega and David Zayas performing excerpts. The project was also featured on REELZ Channel’s doc, “9/11 Ten Years Later.”
110 STORIES been mounted to raise funds for charities including The Leary Firefighters Foundation, Operation Gratitude, The Salvation Army, Red Cross for Haiti Relief and New York Says Thank You Foundation. Just as 110 STORIES chronicles the power of people to respond to suffering, the play's history shows the power of art to respond to crisis.
110 STORIES is published by Playscripts and has been produced internationally by community, regional, military and academic theaters in Arizona, California, Iowa, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin as well as British Columbia, Canada and Bavaria, Germany. 110 STORIES, with its first-hand accounts of people experiencing trauma and then recovery, has special resonance for those serving in the Armed Forces, many of whom signed up to serve in the wake of 9/11. 110 STORIES is also meaningful for high school drama students, who were toddlers when 9/11 happened and for whom 9/11 is history. Though 110 STORIES, a new generation, both civilian and military, can remember 9/11 as an event that brought people together in service and compassion.