We will never forget where we were on 9/11/2001. I myself was a Flight Attendant living in NYC. I had left my job as a Cruise Director for Holland America Line because of a life threatening illness. I knew NYC could offer me what years of surviving as an entertainer did, kept me driven. I just wanted to live in New York City to enjoy the cultured life of Broadway, museums, exquisite restaurants for what little time I thought I had left. When I arrived I lived with my friend, Broadway star Curt Skinner who was the understudy for Neil Patrick Harris in the Los Angeles company of "RENT".
Curt soon got married, as life does we all went in different directions, but are still best fiends till this day. I finally found my own apartment. Even though I did not perform anymore, working as a Flight Attendant I was known for using many of my cruise ships jokes to keep the flight light and entertaining. I woke up 9/11 hearing outrageous numbers of sirens, just like that from surviving the Northridge Earth Quake in Los Angeles. I turned on the TV as many did, to see the first World Trade tower fall, and my heart sunk. I knew it was war!
I ran outside to see what looked like a war zone, or a movie. Thousands running, walking away from the World Trade's direction. Everyone was dazed, confused, frightened. The trains were to dangerous to ride, even if they were still running, and I think by that time they had all been stopped, because we did not know where the terrorist would hit next. For weeks and months to follow you could feel the somberness from those around you sitting on subway trains. One plane from San Fransisco that I worked on weeks later was still completely empty. The crew sat on an empty 777 deadheading back to NYC.
The following days of 9/11 left the city with empty shelves. It took me back as a child, living through blizzards in upstate New York where everyone would stock up on water, bread and basics, leaving market shelves empty. Months and months we watched truck, after truck hauling off the imploded buildings. Even a recent find of an aircraft piece found between buildings left tears in my eyes. When I walk by my old NYC fire station I remember the fallen firefighters, policeman and innocent American's who we can never forget.
How did 9/11 change us? Every time we travel we are reminded of 9/11, how it stole our freedoms as Americans. As TSA go through our travel bags pulling out colognes, lotions or baby formulas we are reminded. After 9/11 I left the airlines, because I did not feel safe flying anymore. I took a job as Box Office Manger for three professional theatres, then moved on to Public Relations for another ten million dollar theatre. But patrons stopped buying tickets. 9/11 had changed our economy so drastically that I was even out of a job. Everyday I am reminded of how 9/11 has changed our lives.
Sarah Tuft's play "110 Stories" are even more heart wrenching then my memories of 9/11, but still honor the event that changed our lives forever. There is no better way to never forget 9/11 then to hear "110 Stories" as the 12th anniversary hits us, remembering innocent America's who died when planes exploded. We lost so many, but we are a stronger country because of those lives that were lost. We Will Never Forget!
Sarah Tuft's play "110 Stories" stars Elisabeth Rohm, Steven Bauer, Jon Heder, Ernie Hudson, Dash Mihok, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Stelio Savante, Diane Venora, Ethan Kogan, Benito Martinez, Jessica Silvetti all joining to honor 9/11 this year at 9.11.13 Los Angeles Celebrity Benefit Reading. The 9/11 play is the BroadwayGlobal top pick in our nation.
Directed by Rudolf Buitendach and Narrated by Sal Masekela. Rohm (The Client List, Law & Order) will next be seen in American Hustle opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper.
To commemorate the 12th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Sarah Tuft’s prestigious and storied play ‘110 Stories’, will be presented in the form of first hand portrayals in Los Angeles on September 11th at The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.
“I’m delighted to bring this to Los Angeles for the second time. Sarah’s compelling play defines the victory of the human spirit over adversity despite all of our differences, and in honor of those who are no longer with us,” said Savante, who is the show’s Lead Producer in addition to being a longtime, original member of the cast.
A love letter to New York City, "110 Stories" shares the stories and perspectives of those who lived through the experience. Tickets can be purchased at www.Itsmyseat.com/110stories. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $55. All ticket purchases and donations are tax-deductible.
In "110 Stories", a firefighter leads a journey through the morning and events of September 11th and into the recovery through a blend of the words and reflections of 30 characters, including an iron worker, a policeman, a homeless couple, a photojournalist, a K9 handler, a doctor, a body worker, a chaplain and a volunteer, among others.
The play was most recently presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in 2011 and at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2010.
All net proceeds from the performance will be donated to benefit Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to the military and is supported by First Lady Obama, and Hollywood celebrities including Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Ed Asner.
"110 Stories" has a prestigious history featuring performances by Susan Sarandon, Samuel L Jackson, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shalhoub, John Hawkes, Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, Jeremy Piven, John Turturro, Katie Holmes, and Katharine McPhee.
"110 Stories" tickets can be purchased at www.Itsmyseat.com/110stories. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $55. All ticket purchases and donations are tax-deductible. We Will Never Forget!
"110 Stories" has been featured in an A&E documentary about 9/11 commemoration and has benefited charities including The Red Cross, Dennis Leary Firefighters Foundation and the New York Says Thank You Foundation. "110 Stories" is a Theatre Chat and BroadwayGlobal top pick must see play for the globe.