Examining 9/11

Next Stage probes everyday reality in Recent Tragic Events.

Gene Kato, Bernie Cardell and Janelle Kato in 
Recent Tragic Events.
Gene Kato, Bernie Cardell and Janelle Kato in Recent Tragic Events.

Despite the Stage Manager, despite the sock puppet, there's something very realistic about Recent Tragic Events. This is how we face tragedy, it tells us, this mix of the mundane and the existential. Waverly is filled with dread, but at the same time, her anxiety seems a little overblown, even to herself. The waiting and unsureness, the doubt that there's any real reason for dread even while dread grows, can seem crueler than confirmation of our worst fears. But while we endure it, we joke, we play games, we watch television images of buildings crumpling thousands of miles away.

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