In the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, many are already using this as a time to reflect on the tragic events of that terrible September morning. In addition to a bevy of TV specials that are airing throughout the week, a celebrity benefit reading of Sarah Tuft’s heartbreaking play 110 Stories will take place over two evenings on the stage of NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, beginning tomorrow, Sept. 8.
Tuft’s play, which tells harrowing, true stories from those who were down at Ground Zero in the wake of the horror that unfolded (“I wrote 110 Stories to preserve, not just history, but also a window into who we really are as revealed by our behavior under extreme circumstances,” the playwright said in a statement,”) will be performed by an impressive assembly of actors, including… Jeremy Piven, Samuel L.Jackson, Melissa Leo, Kathleen Turner, Billy Crudup, Noah Emmerich, Tony Shaloub, Jessica Hecht, Ralph Macchio, Cynthia Nixon, Vincent Piazza, Andre Royo, Stelio Savante, Pablo Schreiber, Annabella Sciorra, Tamara Tunie, Mario Cantone, Ben Vereen, Merritt Wever, Frank Whaley, Aasif Mandvi, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Stephen Baldwin, who was recently added to the cast. “My motivation for joining the 110 Stories cast was due in part that it was inspired by getting back to that place of unity and remembering what makes our country great regardless of personal or political point of view,” Baldwin stated.
Tickets for 110 Stories, which is directed by Gregory Mosher and Tony Award-winning producer Jennifer Maloney (Spring Awakening), are available for purchase online. Net proceeds from the shows will benefit New York Says Thank You Foundation, an organization focused on making the 9/11 anniversary a call for national volunteer service.
Will you be attending the performances of 110 Stories this week in New York?